Tropical Cyclone Fani - Apr 2019Ongoing
According to Bangladesh Meteorological Department (BMD), Tropical Cyclone FANI was 1,665 km south of Cox’s Bazar port. The storm is likely to intensify further and move in a north-westerly direction. Seas will remain very rough and maritime ports of Chattogram, Cox’s Bazar, Mongla, and Payra remain under a storm advisory. (ECHO, 28 Apr 2019)
Tropical Cyclone FANI is moving north-west over the southern Bay of Bengal. On 29 April its centre was located approximately 610 km east of Trincomalee City (Sri Lanka) and 930 km north-east of Chennai City (Tamil Nadu, India) with maximum sustained winds of 83 km/h (tropical storm). (ECHO, 29 Apr 2019)
Cyclone Fani has further intensified into an “severe cyclonic storm” and is approaching the Odisha coast. It is likely to cross Odisha Coast somewhere between Gopalpur and Chandbali, south of Puri district around 3 May. A red alert warning for 17 districts of Odisha has been issued on 30 April. After landfall, it is likely to move to Khurda, Cuttack, Jajpur, Bhadrak and Balasore districts of Odisha and then enter to West Bengal. (ECHO, 1 May 2019)
Tropical Cyclone FANI made landfall between Brahmagiri village and Puri City (Odisha State, India) on the morning of 3 May, with maximum sustained winds up to 240 km/h (Category 4 on the Saffir-Simpson scale)...Over 1 million people have been evacuated from coastal communities in Odisha and Andhra Pradesh and 4 852 shelters have been set up. Rail, road and air traffic have been suspended. In Bangladesh, national authorities have ordered the evacuation of 19 coastal districts and 3 868 evacuation shelters have been opened. (ECHO, 3 May 2019)
According to [BMD] on May 4 the severe cyclonic storm FANI weakened into a deep depression and it is likely to move North-North-Easter direction further inland and weaken gradually. The coastal districts of Chattogram, Noakhali, Laxmipur, Feni, Chandpur, Borguna, Bhola, Patuakhali, Barishal, Pirozpur, Jhalokathi, Bagherhat, Khulna, Satkhira and their offshore islands are likely to be inundated by storm surges of two to four feet height above normal astronomical tide levels. Gust wind speed of 40-50 kilometres per hour are registered over north Bay of Bengal. International media has reported 50 people injured and 14 deaths including children due to tree falls and wall collapse in Barguna, Noakhali and Patuakhali. At least 36 villages in Patuakhali, Bagerhat, Bhola and Satkhira were inundated as storm surges breached earthen dykes and overflew them, according to the National Disaster Response Coordination Centre (NDRCC). A total of 32.28km of earthen dykes were damaged. Around 13,000 houses were fully or partially damaged due to cyclonic storm in the coastal districts, including Bhola, Chandpur, Bagerhat, Khulna, Satkhira, Patuakhali and Barguna, according to the NDRCC. Crops on 330 acres were totally damaged while those on 52,728 acres were partially affected. According to the Category 1 Report for 4 May by Site Management and Site Sector in Cox’s Bazar, 144 refugees’ households representing 646 refugees are affected by the storm. (ECHO, 5 May 2019)
As of 6 May at 8.00 UTC, at least 33 people have been reported dead in India and another 17 in Bangladesh following the passage of Tropical Cyclone FANI. Odisha State has been the most heavily affected, with electricity and infrastructure damaged. According to the authorities, all families in Puri and Khurda districts have been "extremely severely affected" and the response is underway across 10,000 villages and 52 urban areas in north-eastern India. 13,000 houses have been damaged in Bangladesh according to preliminary estimates and national humanitarian assistance has been provided to affected families. The early evacuation of one million people in India and 1.6 million in Bangladesh prevented a higher number of fatalities, considering the cylone's severity. Tropical Cyclone FANI has now dissipated. (ECHO, 6 May 2019)
The death toll from Tropical Cyclone FANI has increased to 42 in India, while 17 fatalities have been confirmed in Bangladesh by UN OCHA. Approximately 10 million people from coastal areas in the north-eastern States of India have been affected by the tropical cyclone. (ECHO, 7 May 2019)
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BHUBANESWAR: Apart from the massive evacuation efforts for cyclone Fani that’s set to hit Odisha on Friday monring, the state government has appealed to the public to remain indoors and not to come out till the storm passes over.
India Meteorological Department BULLETIN NO. : 56 (BOB/02/2019
TIME OF ISSUE: 1440 HOURS IST
The Very Severe Cyclonic Storm ‘FANI’ further north-northeastwards with a speed of about hrs IST of 03rd May, 2019 over Coastal Odisha Cuttack (Odisha), about 25 km north Baripada (Odisha).
Disaster management authorities in India have mobilized in preparation for extremely severe cyclonic storm Fani, which is forecast to make landfall in Odisha on 3 May as one of the most intense tropical cyclones for 20 years.
Fani (pronounced as Foni) reached a peak of the equivalent of a Category 4 with maximum sustained wind speeds of 190 – 200 km/h, gusting to 220 km/h on 2 May, according to the India Meteorological Department.
The Extremely Severe Cyclonic Storm ‘FANI’ (pronounced as ‘FONI’) over West central & adjoining Southwest Bay of Bengal, moved west-northwestwards with a speed of about 05 kmph in last six hours. It is very likely to intensify further and move northwestwards and thereafter re-curve north- northeastwards and cross the Odisha Coast in India between Gopalpur and Chandbali, to the south of Puri in the afternoon of 3 May with maximum sustained wind speed of 175-185 kmph gusting to 205 kmph.
Cyclone Fani, which is expected to make landfall in the eastern states of India, is putting 800,000 people directly at risk, including 350,000 children, Save the Children warns - with many more affected by heavy rains, possible flash floods and landslides both in coastal and urban areas.
The cyclone has been building up in the Bay of Bengal, which is known as the Bay of Storms and is expected to make landfall on Friday in the states Andrha Pradesh and Odisha. Winds of up to 200 km/h and heavy rains are threatening homes, schools and livelihoods.
Red Cross volunteers in the Indian state of Odisha are ramping up efforts to warn 20 million people of the imminent and potentially deadly arrival of Cyclone Fani.
Fani is predicted to make landfall on India’s east coast on 3 May. It is expected to bring heavy rainfall and strong winds which could lead to loss of life and injuries, as well as damaging houses, infrastructure and crops. An estimated 1,500 Indian Red Cross volunteers are working within communities to warn people at risk.
2 May 2019 - World Vison is ready to respond to Cyclone Fani, which continues to intensify, threatening millions of families and their children in Bangladesh and India.
Cyclone FANI is now being forecasted to be one of the most severe “April cyclones” which may break the record of past 118 years in the state of Odisha in India. As per the reports being published by Indian Metrology Department (IMD) of Government of India that cyclone formed in Bay of Bengal (BOB) in the month of April is intensifying its strength and moving towards coastal districts in Odisha, Andhra Pradesh and West Bengal in Indian and thereafter may move towards Bangladesh. It will likely make landfall between Gopalpur and Chandabali, south of Puri District.
Tropical Cyclone FANI continues moving north-northeast over the western Bay of Bengal, towards the north-eastern coast of India and western Bangladesh. On 2 May at 0.00 UTC, its center was located approximately 230 km south-east of Visakhapatnam City (Andhra Pradesh, India) with maximum sustained winds of 204 km/h.
Odisha, West Bengal and Andhra Pradesh brace for Cyclone Fani's landfall on Friday afternoon; National Crisis Management Committee reviews preparedness for Fani for the third straight day in a row; 17 coastal districts of Odisha on high alert.
Cabinet Secretary P. K. Sinha again reviewed the preparedness of States and Central Ministries/Agencies concerned to deal with the situation arising out of the Extremely Severe Cyclonic Storm “FANI”.
1. Situation overview:
India Meteorological Department BULLETIN NO. : 50 (BOB/02/2019)
TIME OF ISSUE: 2200 HOURS IST
For Island and Deep and shallow sea areas to the North, East, Southeast and North-west of Sri Lanka
PLEASE BE AWARE!
The Extremely Severe Cyclonic Storm ‘FANI’ (pronounced as FONI) over West-central Bay of Bengal to the Northeast of Sri Lanka, was located near latitude 16.2N, Longitude 84.6E at 08.30 a.m. of 02 nd May 2019, about 880 km northeast of Jaffna. It is likely to move northnortheastwards while moving away from the island and cross Odisha Coast, India during 03rd May afternoon, hence the affect from this system to the island will gradually reduce.
Ministry of Defence