The Navy and Indian Air Force are on high alert as Cyclone Fani, heading towards Odisha Coast, is very likely to intensify further into an Extremely Severe Cyclonic Storm during next 36 hours.
”Fani intensified into severe cyclone and is currently lying 700 km east south east of chennai. It is most likely to curve northwest-wards tomorrow and thereafter may recurve towards Odisha coast,” India Meteorological Department said.
While Indian Air Force said its personnel stand ready to provide assistance to the people of Odisha, Andhra Pradesh & Tamil Nadu in the advent of Cyclone Fani, the Eastern Naval Command has assumed high degree of readiness to render necessary humanitarian assistance.
Besides, the National Disaster Response Force and the Indian Coast Guard are also on high alert.
The National Crisis Management Committee met in New Delhi on April 29 and took stock of the situation.
Chief Secretaries and principal secretaries of the states of Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Odisha attended the meeting through video conferencing. The state government informed the meeting that warning was given to fishermen.
In the eastern coastal region, seasonal trawl ban is already in force till June 14.
Meanwhile, the Home Ministry has asked the respective state government to release the first instalment of SDRF in advance.
The Met department said that landfall over Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradeash has been ruled out but the possibility of it in Odisha is being watched over. The Met department also warned of light to moderate rainfall over Kerala and light to moderate rainfall in Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu. Heavy to very heavy rainfall is likely over odisha and Andhra Pradesh’s North Coastal region from May 3.
Light to moderate rainfall is also likely over West Bengal from May 3, the Met department said. It also warned of winds reaching speed of 120- 130 Kmph reaching up to 145 kmph over south west of Bay of Bengal from April 30, 160-170 kmph reaching up to 185 kmph is likely over south west region and west central region of Bay of Bengal off the northern part of Tamil Nadu. Squally wind reaching a speed of 40-50 kmphs likely along Puducherry and Tamil Nadu coasts, Gulf of Mannar and Camorin area.
The Coast guard and NDRF have been asked to be more alert and have been put on extra vigil. The fishermen are warned not to venture into the sea as the condition is going to be rough. Gale wind speed reaching 100-110 kmph gusting to 125 kmph is prevailing over Southeast and adjoining Southwest Bay of Bengal. It is very likely to increase gradually becoming 120-130 kmph gusting to 150 kmph over Southwest and adjoining Southeast Bay of Bengal from Tuesday morning and 160-170 kmph gusting to 190 kmph over Westcentral & adjoining Southwest Bay of Bengal off north Tamilnadu, Puducherry and south Andhra Pradesh Coasts from May 1st evening.