Prime Minister Narendra Modi to visit Odisha on May 6 to take stock of the situation arising in the wake of Cyclone Fani.
Day after tomorrow, on the 6th morning, I will be going to Odisha to take stock of the situation arising in the wake of Cyclone Fani.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) May 4, 2019
Disaster relief teams deployed as Cyclone Fani heads to make landfall in Odisha; helpline number operational
The Prime Minister in his tweet said that he spoke to Odisha governor Keshari Nath Tripathi about the ground situation.
During his conversation with Tripathi, the prime minister reiterated the Centre's readiness to provide all help needed to cope with the extremely severe cyclonic storm.
"Also conveyed my solidarity with the people of Bengal in the wake of Cyclone Fani," PM Modi said in a tweet.
Spoke to Shri Keshari Nath Tripathi Ji, the Governor of West Bengal on the situation due to Cyclone Fani. Reiterated the Centre’s readiness to provide all help needed to cope with the cyclone. Also conveyed my solidarity with the people of Bengal in the wake of Cyclone Fani.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) May 4, 2019
Fani barrelled through Odisha on Friday, unleashing copious rain and windstorm that gusted up to 175 kmph, killing at least eight people, blowing away thatched houses and swamping towns and villages, officials said.
Several districts of West Bengal, including East and West Midnapore, North and South 24 Pargana, besides Howrah, Hooghly, Jhargram, Kolkata and the Sundarbans are likely to be hit by the storm that would then move towards Bangladesh and taper off.
Reportedly, Around 15,000 people spent last night at shelters in coastal East Midnapore district, while 20,000 people stayed at shelters in West Midnapore district.
(With inputs from agencies)