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Orange alert along Bay of Bengal coast due to cyclone Fani: Here's what IMD's alert means

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Cyclone Fani made its landfall in Odisha's Puri in the early hours of Friday, with a wind speed of about 170-180 kmph. The cyclone is moving northeast towards West Bengal, where very heavy to heavy rainfall will be witnessed along the Bay of Bengal coast, as per the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD).

Orange alert along Bay of Bengal coast due to cyclone Fani: Here's what IMD's alert means
Cyclone Fani made its landfall in Odisha's Puri in the early hours of Friday, with a wind speed of about 170-180 kmph. The cyclone is moving northeast towards West Bengal, where very heavy to heavy rainfall will be witnessed along the Bay of Bengal coast, as per the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD).
The IMD has issued an orange alert for three states, namely Andhra Pradesh, Odisha and West Bengal. The colour-coded alert put in place by the IMD or the Met department is a way to inform the citizens of the severity of the cyclone.
These alerts are universal and are issued during floods, depending on the amount of water rising above land/in the river as a result of torrential rainfall.
Here’s what these colour codes mean:
  1. Green: No advisory is issued.
  2. Yellow: Yellow indicates that severely bad weather in the course of several days, suggesting the weather could change for worse, causing disruptions in day to day activities.
  3. Orange or Amber: The orange alert is issued during an extremely severe bad weather causing interruption of power supply and potential disruption of commute by road and rail services. An orange alert is also a sign for people to evacuate and move to cyclone rehabilitation centres, keep food packets ready and protect themselves from the bad weather.
  4. Red: Red alert is signalled when there is an absolute threat to life. People are asked to follow the instructions of the local authorities and disaster response team and take all precautionary measures and move to safer places.
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