Cyclone Fani: Storm to enter Kolkata by midnight

Bhubaneswar: Fani, a severe cyclonic storm, now situated in Odisha about 340 km southwest of Kolkata, has triggered heavy rainfall and winds in West Bengal damaging 50 houses in East Midnapore district.

The storm, which made landfall a little after 10 a.m., is expected to enter West Bengal with a wind speed of 90-100 kmph gusting to 115 kmph by Friday midnight or early Saturday, an official said here.

“The intense rainfall and winds have partly destroyed nearly 50 houses. The affected areas include Ramnagar Block 1 and 2, Contai Block, Egra and Nandakumar,” East Midnapore DM Partha Ghosh told IANS over phone.

He said nearly 22,000 people were moved from their houses to ensure their safety. Most of them have gone to their relatives’ houses. “About 7,000 people are staying in rescue shelters. We have opened 56 rescue shelters,” he added.

According to Ghosh, no casualties have been reported so far. West Midnapore DM P. Mohan Gandhi mentioned they were assessing the situation and partial damage was reported.

The storm has battered the coast of Odisha, uprooting trees and damaging infrastructure.

The highest number of people — 3 lakh — was evacuated from Ganjam district while 1.3 lakh people have been evacuated from Puri district, said an official from the Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) office.

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Visuals of heavy rainfall and strong winds from Digha

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