Cyclone Fani: Towns evacuate, tourists flee in Odisha as storm churns towards the northeast coast
Updated : May 02, 2019 02:32 PM IST
Severe cyclonic storm Fani was lying in the Bay of Bengal about 420 km (260 miles) south-southwest of the temple town of Puri where special trains were put on to evacuate tourists and the beaches were empty.
Fani was generating maximum sustained winds of 170-180 km (105-111 miles) per hour, the state-run India Meteorological Department said. Cyclone tracker Tropical Storm Risk rated Fani a mid-range category 3 storm.
The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has sent 50 teams across four coastal states, including Odisha. The NDRF has also put 32 teams equipped with boats, tree cutters, medical supplies, telecoms gear and other equipment on standby.
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