Cyclone Fani has entered West Bengal, hours after making landfall in Odisha. Fani, one of the strongest storms to batter India in decades, has reportedly killed at least eight in Odisha.

The severe cyclonic storm Fani has entered Bengal on Saturday through Odisha's Balasore. "It crossed Kharagpur packing a wind of 70-80 kmph, gusting to 90 kmph," Regional Meteorological Centre's Deputy Director General Sanjib Bandyopadhyay, said.

The cyclone has already triggered heavy rainfall in West Bengal. The cities that are mostly affected are Digha, Mandarmani, Tajpur, Sandehskhali and Contai. No loss of life or any injury has been reported so far.

According to the Meteorological department, the extremely severe cyclonic storm relatively weakened after entering coastal Odisha and transformed into "very severe" as it approached Bengal.

The epicentre of the storm is expected to hit the city in the early hours on Saturday.

Here are the latest updates:

— The cyclonic story crossed West Bengal's Kharagpur and is likely to continue further in North-East direction with a wind speed of 90 km/hour.

— In the wake of Cyclone Fani, Prime Minister Narendra Modi assured that the central government will provide all the help needed to cope with the situation. He wrote on Twitter.

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.

Cyclone Fani blew off 20 tents at Everest base camp. The Nepalese government has issued a warning, asking all trekking agencies and support staff to ensure the safety of tourists.

"We have received reports of some tents being damaged in the strong wind, but all the climbers and their support staff are safe," said Mira Acharya, the director of the Hotel and Mountaineering section under the Department of Tourism.

— Jharkhand government issued an advisory on Friday, asking all district deputy commissioners to set up control rooms to meet any exigency in the wake of the cyclonic storm 'Fani'

— Equipment at Bhubaneswar airport have been significantly damaged but flight operations are expected to begin by 1 pm Saturday, the civil aviation ministry said in a statement Friday.

"The passenger terminal building at Bhubaneswar has been considerably damaged, particularly at the rooftop and facades... Based on the feedback and action taken, it was decided that Bhubaneswar will resume commercial flight operations with effect from 1 pm on May 4, 2019," the statement said.

— The telecom department on Friday reviewed services provided by four operators - Bharti Airtel, Vodafone Idea, Reliance Jio and state-owned BSNL - in areas affected by cyclone Fani, according to official sources.

While services in Andhra Pradesh is expected to be fully functional by Saturday morning, the restoration work has already started in Puri and Bhubaneswar (in Odisha), which suffered extensive network damage.

— Railways will transport aid and relief materials free of cost to cyclone 'Fani' affected Odisha, West Bengal and Andhra Pradesh in the wake of large-scale devastation by cyclonic storm.

The railways issued a set of guidelines and in a letter to all Divisional Railway Managers (DRMs) said all government organisations can book relief material free of cost to the affected states.

With inputs from agencies




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