Cyclone 'Fani': Navy on hight alert, prepares Ships, aircraft for aid

The 'very severe cyclonic storm', 'Fani'  as categorized by Indian Meteorological Department, is struggling to intensify against the influence of moderate vertical wind shear and is moving northwest ward towards the Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh with wind speed 120 km/h (75 mph) and is expected to hit the coast by April 30.

Saima Siddiqui

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Published on 30 April 2019 5:45 AM GMT

Cyclone Fani: Navy on hight alert, prepares Ships, aircraft for aid
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New Delhi: With cyclone 'Fani' having intensified into a severe cyclonic storm, the Indian Navy is put on high alert and has prepared ships with additional divers, doctors, inflatable rubber boats and relief materials to face the destruction and catastrophe if the cyclonic storm hits India's coastline.

The Indian Navy has started preparation to provide assistance in case of an emergency. In order to fight the catastrophe inflicted by this cyclonic storm. The navy said that its aircraft are also standing by at air stations in Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh to undertake expedition, rescue, casualty evacuation and provide relief material to the stranded if required.

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The 'very severe cyclonic storm', 'Fani' as categorized by Indian Meteorological Department, is struggling to intensify against the influence of moderate vertical wind shear and is moving orthwest ward towards the Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh with wind speed 120 km/h (75 mph) and is expected to hit the coast by April 30.

Newstrack.com brings you live updates on Cyclone Fani:

-The Directorate of Public Health of Odisha Hara Prasad Pattanaik on Monday alerted all chief district medical and public health officers regarding preparedness for the cyclonic storm 'Fani'.

Mr Pattanaik informed that the cyclonic storm is going to make landfall on May 3 at 5.30 pm and is likely to touch Andhra Pradesh border and later reach Odisha's Gajapati, Mayurbhanj, Ganjam, Puri, Khorda, Nayagarh, Cuttack, Jagatsinghpur, Bhadrak, Balasore, Jajpur, Dhenkanal, Angul, and Keonjhar.

-All these districts have been put on high alert due to heavy rainfall and gusty winds of 40 to 60 kmph, which may lead to cyclone and flood in many parts of the state.

-According to IMD's forecast, 'Fani' was located at 880 km south-east of Chennai as it continues to move North-West and is predicted to change its path to North-East from on Wednesday.

Fishermen in coastal areas have been advised to not venture into the sea.

-In Odisha, the government has asked fishermen who are out in deep sea areas to return to the coast by the night of April 30.

-The central government is keeping a close watch on the impact of the cyclonic storm on the states along the eastern coast.

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On Friday, the collectors of Nellore, Prakasam and Guntur in Andhra Pradesh have been alerted by the government to start precautionary measures. Fishermen are advised not to venture into the sea.

However, a study of a model developed by Indian National Centre of Ocean Information Services (INCOIS) reveals a clear cyclone threat for Odisha in the first week of May.

The local Met senior official Ramesh Kumar Nayak here, though, informed that as of now our assessment is cyclone Fani will have no impact on Odisha.

Though INCOIS model too has predicted conversion of LPA into a tropical depression by April 27 and evolving into a cyclonic storm with the formation of an eye by the night of April 29, it clearly shows the cyclonic storm instead of making landfall in Tamil Nadu or south AP coast, will keep drifting away from the Tamil Nadu and South Andhra coast to reach near the Odisha coast by morning of May 3.

The cyclonic system looks to be very intense, if one goes by the INCOIS model.

Models by Indian National Centre of Ocean Information Services (INCOIS) did suggest of the cyclonic storm system Fani drifting along the Odisha coast and would be nearing to Chandrabhaga coast by the night of May 3.

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Saima Siddiqui

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