Finally the prediction of the India Meteorological Department (IMD) turned into reality when the cyclone ‘Fani’ hit the east coast of India. However, it is expected to create havoc most in Odisha.
The cyclone has already entered in the Puri district of Odisha at around 9am on Friday.
The velocity of the wind is expected to reach from 200-230 kilometres after the landfall. According to IMD, the cyclone is expected to be ‘extremely severe’ for four to six hours after landfall.
More than a million people have been shifted to safer areas as "extremely severe" cyclone Fani made landfall near Odisha. Rail, road and air traffic has been completely disrupted as medical and disaster management teams are kept on standby.
As per the government report, approx 10,000 villages and 52 towns in Odisha, will come in the path of Odisha.
The IMD has already warned the government that Fani is about to demolish thatched huts and kutcha houses, the uprooting of power poles and potential danger from flying objects.
The air as well as train services have been suspended due to the cyclone. At the Biju Patnaik International Airport services have been suspended for 24 hours from Thursday midnight. More than 200 trains have already been cancelled.
All educational institutions, commercial establishments, shops and offices will remain closed on Friday morning while the movement of vehicles has been restricted.