NEW DELHI :
The government on Friday night said equipment at the Bhubaneswar airport suffered “significant damage" on account of cyclone Fani which hit the Eastern part of the country in the morning and brought torrential rains and strong winds.
“Teams from the Airport Authority of India are working on restoration. Aircraft movements expected by 1300 hrs tomorrow i.e, 4 May 2019," Principal Director General of Press Information Bureau (PIB) Sitanshu Kar said in a tweet. The authorities have evacuated more than a million people from Odisha due to the cyclone.
In a separate tweet, Kar said that extensive damage has been reported to old houses and temporary shops in Puri, where there is a complete shutdown of power supply and telecom services.
Between Delhi and Bhubaneswar and between Delhi and Kolkata, 39 flights were cancelled on Friday. Civil aviation minister Suresh Prabhu said in a tweet that all possible steps for passenger safety and convenience are being taken. Airlines have offered refunds and waiver of cancellation and rescheduling charges to affected travellers.