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Tourists told to leave Puri as cyclone Fani to make landfall on Friday

Fishermen anchor their boats after they were advised not to venture into the sea in the view of cyclonic storm ‘Fani’, near Penthakata in Puri, on Tuesday. (PTI)Premium
Fishermen anchor their boats after they were advised not to venture into the sea in the view of cyclonic storm ‘Fani’, near Penthakata in Puri, on Tuesday. (PTI)

  • Odisha government has moved in thousands of disaster management personnel before cyclone Fani makes a landfall on Friday
  • Tourists have been advised to leave the coastal temple town of Puri

BHUBANESWAR : Odisha started evacuating hundreds of thousands of villagers living along its coastline ahead of a severe cyclone due to make landfall on Friday. The government has also moved in thousands of disaster management personnel to help those living in mud-and-thatch homes in low-lying areas take shelter from severe cyclonic storm Fani.

"We are making best efforts to inform them about the cyclone and move these vulnerable people to cyclone shelters," Bishnupada Sethi, the state's special relief commissioner, told Reuters.

Tourists have also been advised to leave the coastal temple town of Puri.

India’s cyclone season generally lasts from April to December with severe storms leading to evacuations of tens of thousands, widespread deaths and damage to crops and property, both in India and Bangladesh.

Two decades ago, a super-cyclone battered the coast of Odisha for 30 hours, killing 10,000 people. In 2013, a mass evacuation of nearly a million people saved thousands of lives.

Tropical Storm Risk cyclone tracker labelled Fani a category 3 storm on a scale of a low 1 to a powerful 5.

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