Cyclone Fani left a trail of destruction ripping apart all the major infrastructure in over 11 coastal districts affecting more than 1.5 crore people. Over 5.08 lakh houses have been damaged in the cyclone which had made landfall in Puri last Friday.
The airports in Odisha and West Bengal have been shut down due to Cyclone Fani, resulting in the cancellation of many flights. Civil Aviation Minister Suresh Prabhu has directed his Ministry officials to continuously monitor the situation.
Spoke to officials regarding the situation arising due to Cyclone Fani. Asked them to take preventive measures and be prepared to provide all possible assistance., Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted.
In its 1 pm bulletin, the IMD said cyclone 'Fani' currently lays over 745 kilometres east-southeast of Trincomalee (Sri Lanka), 1,050 kilometres southeast of Chennai and 1,230 kilometres south-southeast of Machilipatnam, Andhra Pradesh.
The storm that hit Philippines shortly after Christmas caused the death of fifty-seven people in the mountainous Bicol region, southeast of Manila, while 11 were killed in the central island of Samar, mostly due to landslides and drownings.