Indian Meteorological Department on Monday reported that the cyclone ‘Fani’ pronounced as ‘foni’ is set to intensify into a very severe storm in the next 24 hours.

The cyclone is now travelling towards the coast of Odisha 80 kmph which is set to increase up to 100 kmph on Tuesday. Earlier the low pressure system was expected to make a landfall at the Tamil Nadu coast but now the cyclone has shifted its path to hit the coasts of Odisha.

The IMD in its weather Report had mentioned that the cyclone Fani is intensifying at about 620 km near the north-east of Trincomalee in Sri Lanka and 770 km south east of Chennai and 900 km South-east of Machilipatnam.

The National Crisis Management Committee (NCMC) headed by Cabinet Secretary has met to discuss the emergency situation and issued warnings to the state governments of Odisha, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Kerala to be prepared for the impact.

The IMD bulletin on Monday evening said “the cyclonic storm over Southeast Bay of Bengal and neighborhood moved north northwestwards with a speed of about 16km per hour in the last 6 hours intensified into a severe cyclonic storm. It is very likely to intensify into a very severe cyclonic storm during next 24 hours. It is very likely to move northwestwards by May 1st and thereafter recurve towards Odisha coast.”

National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) and State Disaster Management Authority (SDMA) of all states which are likely to experience heavy to very heavy rains were deployed. Even the coast guard was put on high alert to handle emergency situations.

The Fishing communities were warned not to venture into the sea as the cyclone is set to intensify and asked the ones in deep sea to return. There is seasonal ban imposed on fishing as this is the breeding season.

The southern and the north-eastern states are likely to witness rains ranging from normal to severe. With the cyclone Fani hitting Odisha coast, intense precipitation is predicted in Odisha and the adjoining districts of Andhra Pradesh.

The NDRF (National Disaster Response Fund) in coordination with SDRF (State Disaster Response Fund) and State governments is taking stock of the situation and the PMO is monitoring the developments closely.

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