Kolkata, May 03 (GCCurrentAffairs) With the cyclonic storm ‘Fani’ advancing menacingly, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has cancelled all her election rallies for the coming two days and will stay in Kharagpur, near the coastal belt, and monitor the situation herself, today and tomorrow.
All her political campaigns for the two days have been cancelled.
” Have cancelled my rallies for the next 48 hours because of what could be an impending disaster #CyclonicStormFANI We are monitoring the situation 24×7 and doing all it takes. I appeal to all people to cooperate. Be alert, take care and stay safe for the next two days,” Ms Banerjee tweeted.
She has appealed to the people to keep calm and remain vigilant.
As Cyclone ‘Fani’ is advancing towards the eastern coast, the Indian Coast Guard has positioned 34 disaster relief teams at different spots and deployed four ships to handle any exigency.
NDRF team deployed at Digha, West Bengal, has evacuated total 132 people, including 52 children, from Dattapur and Tajpur. They have been taken to a shelter.
Heavy rainfall has started since night in two Midnapore districts due to ‘Fani’.
Fishermen, prohibited from venturing into the sea, have been asked to vacate the seashore and move to relief centre.
Fisherman Sujit Muiya says, “We’re scared. Safety is our priority but once cyclone goes away, we’ll need to earn money. Can’t bear damage of my fishing net.”
The Bengal government has already issued the warning in the adjacent areas of costal region like Tajpur, Mandarmani, Shankarpur, Kejuri areas along with Digha.
It has already been told to evacuate the coastal areas. Everyone has been told to stay at a safe distance from the sea. Even the prohibition has been imposed in sea baths and fishing.
The administration has already taken adequate precautions to save the coastal people from the strikes.
The tourists have been instructed to return from the coastal areas.
District Mmagistrate of East Midnapore Partha Ghosh said the administration is prepared to face the disaster.
He said, “We are maintaining a vigil in all areas. The weather is also being monitored. ”
District Administration said the control room has been opened in five blocks of Kanthi area.
There is a possibility of a storm of 100-120 kmph in the area of Digha and adjacent areas. The ocean is likely to be overwhelming. It is very likely to move further north-northwestwards and enter Bangladesh tomorrow evening as a cyclonic storm.
From the morning onwards, police and the administration workers are extremely busy to aware people to keep distance from sea.
Digha-Shankarpur Hotels Association secretary Bipradas Chakraborty said tourists are going back and cancelling bookings to avoid trouble.
Kolkata Airport authorities have asked airlines to cancel domestic and international flights from 3:00 PM on May 3 instead of 9:30 PM today to to 8:30 AM on May 4 due to ‘Fani’ from the Kolkata Airport.
Engineers and other emergency systems are on standby at the airport. More than 200 flights are expected to be cancelled.
As many as 223 trains along the Odisha coastline in the Kolkata-Chennai route have been cancelled in view of ‘Fani’, said the Indian Railways.
The trains which have been cancelled include the Howrah-Chennai Central Coromandal Express, Patna-Eranakulam Express, New Delhi-Bhubaneswar Rajdhani Express, Howrah-Hyderabad East Coast Express and the Bhubaneswar-Rameswaram Express.
At Namkhana Cyclone Centre in South 24 Parganas, just a km away from the Bay of Bengal, at least 700 people have taken shelter.
Meanwhile, light to moderate rainfall will take place at most places with heavy to very heavy rainfall at a few places and extremely heavy falls at isolated places , very likely over coastal & adjoining districts of West Bengal today.
Heavy to very heavy falls will take place at isolated places over Gangetic West Bengal tomorrow.
Light to moderate rainfall will take place at most places with heavy falls at isolated places over Sub-Himalayan West Bengal & Sikkim on tomorrow.