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Cyclone Fani: Heavy rain lashes Odisha, West Bengal; flight, train routes affected

Updated : May 03, 2019 02:29 PM IST

Tropical cyclone Fani barrelled into eastern India on Friday, bringing down trees and power lines and "extensively" damaging the tourist town of Puri, but there were no early reports of casualties with a million people evacuated before it made landfall. The cyclone, the strongest to hit India in five years, spent days building up power in the northern reaches of the Bay of Bengal before it struck the coast of Odisha at around 8 AM, the state-run India Meteorological Department (IMD) said. Howling winds gusting up to 200 kph (124 mph) whipsawed trees, uprooting scores, and driving rain impacted visibility, while streets were deserted in the state capital Bhubaneswar and Puri.As the severe cyclonic storm Fani made landfall in neighbouring Odisha, heavy rainfall lashed Kolkata and Gangetic West Bengal as well. The Director General of Civil Aviation has issued a revised advisory to all airlines to discontinue flight operations from Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport between Friday 3 PM and Saturday 8 AM.

People ride their motorbikes during heavy rains in Kolkata, India, May 3, 2019. (Reuters)
People ride their motorbikes during heavy rains in Kolkata, India, May 3, 2019. (Reuters)
Debapriya Roy, a scientist at India Meteorological Department Earth System Science Organisation, monitors Cyclone Fani inside his office in Kolkata, India, May 3, 2019. (Reuters)
Debapriya Roy, a scientist at India Meteorological Department Earth System Science Organisation, monitors Cyclone Fani inside his office in Kolkata, India, May 3, 2019. (Reuters)
Commuters shelter from the rains as they cross a road in Kolkata, India, May 3, 2019. (Reuters)
Commuters shelter from the rains as they cross a road in Kolkata, India, May 3, 2019. (Reuters)
Commuters cross a road during heavy rains in Kolkata, India, May 3, 2019. (Reuters)
Commuters cross a road during heavy rains in Kolkata, India, May 3, 2019. (Reuters)
Stranded passengers rest inside a railways station after trains between Kolkata and Odisha were cancelled ahead of Cyclone Fani, in Kolkata, India, May 3, 2019. (Reuters)
Stranded passengers rest inside a railways station after trains between Kolkata and Odisha were cancelled ahead of Cyclone Fani, in Kolkata, India, May 3, 2019. (Reuters)
A woman covers her baby as she walks during heavy rains in Kolkata, India, May 3, 2019. (Reuters)
A woman covers her baby as she walks during heavy rains in Kolkata, India, May 3, 2019. (Reuters)
An abandoned house and trees bend with gusty winds ahead of the landfall of cyclone Fani on the outskirts of Puri, in Odisha, Friday, May 3, 2019. State government authorities have evacuated hundreds of thousands of people along the country's eastern coast ahead of a cyclone moving through the Bay of Bengal. (AP Photo)
An abandoned house and trees bend with gusty winds ahead of the landfall of cyclone Fani on the outskirts of Puri, in Odisha, Friday, May 3, 2019. State government authorities have evacuated hundreds of thousands of people along the country's eastern coast ahead of a cyclone moving through the Bay of Bengal. (AP Photo)
A farmer lies on the road after falling while crossing the road due to gusty winds ahead of the landfall of cyclone Fani on the outskirts of Puri, in Odisha, Friday, May 3, 2019. (AP Photo)
A farmer lies on the road after falling while crossing the road due to gusty winds ahead of the landfall of cyclone Fani on the outskirts of Puri, in Odisha, Friday, May 3, 2019. (AP Photo)
Street shops are seen collapsed due to gusty winds preceding the landfall of cyclone Fani on the outskirts of Puri, in Odisha, Friday, May 3, 2019. (AP Photo)
Street shops are seen collapsed due to gusty winds preceding the landfall of cyclone Fani on the outskirts of Puri, in Odisha, Friday, May 3, 2019. (AP Photo)
Villagers move to safer places amidst gusty winds ahead of the landfall of cyclone Fani on the outskirts of Puri, in Odisha, Friday, May 3, 2019. (AP Photo)
Villagers move to safer places amidst gusty winds ahead of the landfall of cyclone Fani on the outskirts of Puri, in Odisha, Friday, May 3, 2019. (AP Photo)
A motorcyclist braves gusty winds ahead of the landfall of cyclone Fani on the outskirts of Puri, in Odisha, Friday, May 3, 2019. (AP Photo)
A motorcyclist braves gusty winds ahead of the landfall of cyclone Fani on the outskirts of Puri, in Odisha, Friday, May 3, 2019. (AP Photo)
Street shops are seen collapsed due to gusty winds ahead of the landfall of cyclone Fani on the outskirts of Puri, in Odisha, Friday, May 3, 2019. (AP Photo)
Street shops are seen collapsed due to gusty winds ahead of the landfall of cyclone Fani on the outskirts of Puri, in Odisha, Friday, May 3, 2019. (AP Photo)
Trees are blown by strong winds ahead of cyclone Fani's landfall in Puri, India, May 3, 2019,  in this picture obtained from social media. Mandatory credit Likan Patra/via REUTERS
Trees are blown by strong winds ahead of cyclone Fani's landfall in Puri, India, May 3, 2019,  in this picture obtained from social media. Mandatory credit Likan Patra/via REUTERS
Trees bend with gusty winds ahead of the landfall of cyclone Fani, in Bhubaneswar, Friday, May 3, 2019. (PTI Photo)
Trees bend with gusty winds ahead of the landfall of cyclone Fani, in Bhubaneswar, Friday, May 3, 2019. (PTI Photo)
People take shelter during gusty winds ahead of the landfall of cyclone Fani, at Bhubaneswar railway station, Friday, May 3, 2019. (PTI Photo)
People take shelter during gusty winds ahead of the landfall of cyclone Fani, at Bhubaneswar railway station, Friday, May 3, 2019. (PTI Photo)
Officials monitor the progress of Cyclone 'Fani', at Mausam Bhavan in New Delhi, Thursday, May 02, 2019. (PTI Photo/Kamal Singh)
Officials monitor the progress of Cyclone 'Fani', at Mausam Bhavan in New Delhi, Thursday, May 02, 2019. (PTI Photo/Kamal Singh)
A fisherman runs between the docked fishing boats amid strong winds at Chandrabhaga beach in Puri district of Odisha state, India, Thursday, May 2, 2019. Hundreds of thousands of people were evacuated along India's eastern coast on Thursday as authorities braced for a cyclone moving through the Bay of Bengal that was forecast to bring extremely severe wind and rain. (AP Photo)
A fisherman runs between the docked fishing boats amid strong winds at Chandrabhaga beach in Puri district of Odisha state, India, Thursday, May 2, 2019. Hundreds of thousands of people were evacuated along India's eastern coast on Thursday as authorities braced for a cyclone moving through the Bay of Bengal that was forecast to bring extremely severe wind and rain. (AP Photo)
Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik takes stock of the preparedness for Cyclone Fani, in Bhubaneswar, Thursday, May 2, 2019. The India Meteorological Department forecasts Fani to make landfall along the Odisha coastline on Friday at hurricane-strength. (PTI Photo)
Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik takes stock of the preparedness for Cyclone Fani, in Bhubaneswar, Thursday, May 2, 2019. The India Meteorological Department forecasts Fani to make landfall along the Odisha coastline on Friday at hurricane-strength. (PTI Photo)
Villagers living in vulnerable low-lying areas being shifted to cyclone shelter house, in Puri, Thursday, May 2, 2019. (PTI Photo)
Villagers living in vulnerable low-lying areas being shifted to cyclone shelter house, in Puri, Thursday, May 2, 2019. (PTI Photo)
Villagers living in vulnerable low-lying areas being shifted to cyclone shelter house, in Puri, Thursday, May 2, 2019. (PTI Photo)
Villagers living in vulnerable low-lying areas being shifted to cyclone shelter house, in Puri, Thursday, May 2, 2019. (PTI Photo)
Superintendent of Police Pinak Mishra appeals to villagers living in vulnerable low-lying areas to shift to cyclone shelter house, in Brahmapur, Thursday, May 2, 2019. (PTI Photo)
Superintendent of Police Pinak Mishra appeals to villagers living in vulnerable low-lying areas to shift to cyclone shelter house, in Brahmapur, Thursday, May 2, 2019. (PTI Photo)
Red flags and ropes are being placed at the banks of the Puri beach as precautionary measures to keep tourists away from the beach in the wake of severe cyclonic storm 'Fani' in Odisha's Puri on May 2, 2019. (Photo: IANS)
Red flags and ropes are being placed at the banks of the Puri beach as precautionary measures to keep tourists away from the beach in the wake of severe cyclonic storm 'Fani' in Odisha's Puri on May 2, 2019. (Photo: IANS)
Villagers on their way to a shelter house on a tractor following evacuations as part of emergency measures taken before Cyclone Fani makes landfall, in Puri, Thursday, May 2, 2019. (PTI Photo)
Villagers on their way to a shelter house on a tractor following evacuations as part of emergency measures taken before Cyclone Fani makes landfall, in Puri, Thursday, May 2, 2019. (PTI Photo)
Volunteers pack relief materials to be used for Cyclone 'Fani', in Bhubaneswar, Thursday, May 2, 2019. (PTI Photo)
Volunteers pack relief materials to be used for Cyclone 'Fani', in Bhubaneswar, Thursday, May 2, 2019. (PTI Photo)
Stranded passengers rest inside a railway station after trains between Kolkata and Odisha were cancelled ahead of Cyclone Fani, in Kolkata, West Bengal, May 3, 2019. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri
Stranded passengers rest inside a railway station after trains between Kolkata and Odisha were cancelled ahead of Cyclone Fani, in Kolkata, West Bengal, May 3, 2019. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri
Villagers sit on a vehicle as they leave for a safer place ahead of cyclone Fani on the outskirts of Konark in Odisha, May 2, 2019. REUTERS/Stringer
Villagers sit on a vehicle as they leave for a safer place ahead of cyclone Fani on the outskirts of Konark in Odisha, May 2, 2019. REUTERS/Stringer
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