The severe cyclonic storm, one of the strongest to batter the Indian subcontinent in decades, weakened before entering Bangladesh on Saturday morning from West Bengal, but it wreaked havoc on coastal villages and towns. The storm uprooted trees and damaged over 2,000 homes in different districts. The authorities are yet to assess the total damage caused.
Here are the key developments of Cyclone Fani:
The death toll due to Cyclone Fani mounted to 34 in Odisha on Sunday, two days after it caused widespread damage in the coastal region and left hundreds grappling with water shortage and power cuts, an official said.
The 12th century Shree Jagannath temple here has suffered minor damages due to cyclone 'Fani' that ripped apart the holy town. Telecom infrastructure restoration work is on in full swing in cyclone-hit Odisha, where mobile operators Bharti Airtel, Vodafone Idea and Reliance Jio have operationalised over 930 base transceiver stations (BTSs).
Indian Navy has set up relief camps and community kitchens in villages near Puri district affected due to Cyclone Fani. Three ships using their integral helicopters are also engaged in relief operations.
Nine people had died in Bangladesh so far due to Cyclone Fani, authorities said on Sunday. Bangladesh Minister for Disaster Management and Relief Enamur Rahman confirmed the death to local media and stated that over 60 people had been injured so far.
Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat has announced Rs 5 crore on behalf of the state government, as relief for Odisha Cyclone Fani.
Central Railway will be transporting relief material to cyclone “Fani” affected states of Odisha, West Bengal and Andhra Pradesh by coaching trains and goods trains including in less than standard composition rakes free of cost.
Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel has announced Rs 11 crore from the CM Relief Fund for emergency relief for Odisha Cyclone Fani.
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Kerala CM offers assistance to cyclone-hit Odisha. He said, "Kerala would do everything possible to assist in relief and rehabilitation of the cyclone-affected."
The weatherman predicted light to moderate rainfall at most places and heavy rainfall at isolated places over eastern Assam, Nagaland, and east Arunachal Pradesh on Sunday. Rainfall was also forecasted over west Arunachal Pradesh and north Manipur in the same period.
According to the IMD, Fani was the first such severe cyclonic storm to form in April in the Bay of Bengal in 43 years.
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