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.