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India - Tropical Cyclone FANI UPDATE (DG ECHO, GDACS, IMD, media) (ECHO Daily Flash of 01 May 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.
- Damaging winds up to 170 km/h to 185 km/h, gusting up to 205 kph with intense lightning strikes are also predicted. High sea tides up to four metres are also expected. Extensive damages to houses and disruption of rail/road link at several places are expected.
- The Indian Navy, the National Disaster Response Force and the Coast Guard are on high alert. Odisha's 879 multipurpose cyclone shelters which can accommodate about 1 million have been kept ready. Additionally Odisha Disaster Rapid Action Force, fire services units and road clearance teams have also been kept ready.
- The Union Government of India has ordered advance release of approximately € 4,366,615 for Odisha as a precautionary measure for carrying out relief operations.