Million People Evacuated As Cyclone Fani Hits India’s East Coast

More than a million people living along the east coast of India have been evacuated as cyclone Fani is set to make its landfall around Friday afternoon local time. Fani, an extremely severe cyclone has been moving slowly up the Bay of Bengal, but is growing.

According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD), Fani will hit the coast with winds of 105 – 111 mph and with gusts as high as 124 mph. The Indian State of Odisha is in the line of fire and according to Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, more than a million people have been evacuated to shelters in the last 24 hours.

The airport at Bhubaneshwar, capital of Odisha will be shut on Friday. Kolkata airport in the neighboring state of West Bengal will also be closed on Friday. It is election season in India as the country is voting for its next Prime Minister. Fani is sure to ruin election campaigns that were planned in the states of Odisha and West Bengal.

Sukanta Jana