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'Extremely severe cyclone' Fani headed towards Odisha: All you need to know

Fani (pronounced 'Foni)' was a 'severe cyclonic storm' Monday evening and could become an 'extremely severe cyclone' by Wednesday, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said

BS Web Team  |  New Delhi 

Fishermen engaged in their work as Cyclone Titli hits the coast in Ganjam
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Disaster response teams are on alert and have been advised not to sail as India braces for 'Fani', which raging in the Bay of Bengal, headed for the coast. Here are key points to know about the storm.

(pronounced 'Foni)' was a 'severe cyclonic storm' Monday evening and could become an 'extremely severe cyclone' by Wednesday, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.

Wind speed in a cyclonic storm is 80-90 km per hour and can reach up to 100 kmph. In an 'extremely severe cyclonic storm', the wind speed goes up to 170-180 kmph and could touch 195 kmph.

is expected to impact Odisha's southern and coastal districts. The state's 880 centres, 20 units of ODRAF (Disaster Rapid Action Force), 12 units of NDRF (Disaster Response Force) and 335 fire units have been put on alert, NDTV quoted a government officer as saying.

Cyclones and storms regularly hit Odisha's coastline. A super in 1999 killed more than 15,000 people, mostly in Odisha, and affected 20 million others. Cyclone Phailin, which hit in October 2013, killed 21 people dead.

The Disaster Response Force and the Indian Coast Guard are coordinating with the governments of Odisha, West Bengal and Andhra Pradesh. The states have advised not to venture into the sea and asking those away to return to the coast.

The India Meteorological Department has three-hour bulletins with latest forecast to states concerned. The Home Ministry is in touch with the state governments and the central agencies concerned.

Cyclones are named by various warning centres for ease of communication between forecasters and the public. was named by Bangladesh.

The Indian Air Force and BrahMos Aerospace have put on hold the test-fire of the air-launched version of supersonic cruise missile from a Sukhoi-30 combat aircraft, news agency ANI reported Monday. The air-launched version of the BrahMos was to be test-fired by the Air Force over southern India this week.

First Published: Tue, April 30 2019. 08:44 IST
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