Kolkata, May 4 (GCCurrentAffairs) Pelting rain lashed the city as severe cyclonic storm ‘Fani’ entered West Bengal post-midnight on Saturday, hours after making landfall and wreaking havoc in Odisha on Friday while
Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke to Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi about the ground situation in
Cyclone Fani lashed towns in coastal Bengal, including Digha, Mandarmani, Tajpur, Sandehskhali and Contai, while the effect of the storm could also be felt in cities like Kharagpur and Burdwan.
Several trees were uprooted in Digha town, and power, communications lines were snapped in many areas.
However, there was no report of any casualty or major damage in the districts through which the cyclone passed, the weather officials said.
Mr Modi spoke to Mr Tripathi on Saturday about the ground situation. During his conversation with Mr Tripathi, the Prime Minister reiterated the Centre’s readiness to provide all help needed to cope with the extremely severe cyclonic storm.
“ Spoke to Shri Keshari Nath Tripathi Ji, the Governor of West Bengal on the situation due to Cyclone Fani. Reiterated the Centre’s readiness to provide all help needed to cope with the cyclone. Also conveyed my solidarity with the people of Bengal in the wake of Cyclone Fani, ” Mr Modi tweeted.
Several Parts of Kolkata and the suburbs have also received heavy rainfall. The IMD has said rain will
continue till Saturday.
Apart from a few mud houses collapsing and tress falling, there was no report of casualty from any of the districts.
Water logging and huge number of fallen trees on the streets have prompted civic authorities to immediately clear roads and press emergency services into action.
City Mayor and state minister Firhad Hakim, along with senior engineers of the civic body and local councillors, was on a night-long vigil in and around the city to keep a tab on the situation.
According to a special weather bulletin issued by the Meterological Department of India, cyclone Fani is very likely to move further north-northeastwards and emerge into Bangladesh around noon as a Deep Depression with wind speed 50-60 Kmph and gusting to 70 kmph.
The bulletin has also issued special weather advisories for West Bengal. Light to moderate rainfall will tak eplace at many places over the districts of Gangetic West Bengal with heavy falls at isolated
places over Nadia and Murshidabad districts on Saturday.
Light to moderate rainfall will take place at most places with heavy falls at isolated places over Sub-Himalayan West Bengal & Sikkim today.
Regional Meteorological Centre’s Deputy Director General Sanjib Bandyopadhyay said, ‘ The severe cyclonic storm Fani entered Bengal at 12.30 AM through Odisha’s Balasore. It crossed Kharagpur packing a wind of 70-80 kmph, gusting to 90 kmph. ”
The sea condition is rough to very rough along and off West Bengal and adjoining Bangladesh Coasts during subsequent 12 hours, he said.
Kolkata airport is operational now. First departure took off for Bagdogra and first arrival GoAir 101 Delhi to Kolkata landed 0945 hours.
The fishermen have been advised not to venture into the deep sea along and off West Bengal and Odisha coast till evening.