Fani: At least 8 killed in Odisha; heading towards NE

At least eight people died on Friday after extremely severe cyclonic storm Fani slammed into Odisha coast. The storm brought rail and air transport to a halt, swamping towns and villages.

Meanwhile, Cyclone Fani has entered West Bengal crossing West Midnapur district. However, it has relatively weakened and moved in North-East direction with the wind speed of 90 km per hour. Assam is likely to escape the severity of the Cyclone Fani as it is gradually getting weaker and only the westernmost parts of Assam- Goalpara, Dhubri and Kokrajjhar district may get very heavy rain while remaining part of lower and central Assam will remain under deep depression.

The Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) as well as local Indian Meteorological Department are constantly monitoring the eye of cyclone, which is near Kolkata as of now.

Notably, it is India’s strongest tropical cyclone to make landfall in 20 years.

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