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India’s Strongest Storm since 2014 Weakening after Evacuation of Nearly 800k
By Staff, Agencies
Cyclone Fani, the strongest storm to hit India since 2014, is weakening after barreling into the eastern coastal state of Odisha, the chief of the weather office said on Friday.
Heavy rains, along with strong winds, will continue throughout Friday in Odisha, where more a million people have been evacuated, K. J. Ramesh, Director General of the state-run India Meteorological Department, told reporters.
“After making landfall this morning, cyclone Fani has started weakening and it’s likely to enter Bangladesh by tomorrow evening,” he said.
“No cyclone ever had such a long duration in April.”
Cyclone Fani, classified as an “Extremely Severe Cyclonic Storm” by the India Meteorological Department, has lead the Indian administration to evacuate nearly 800,000 people to safety from its eastern coastal areas on Thursday.
Meanwhile, disaster mitigation efforts by various Indian agencies were in full-swing as of Thursday afternoon.
Indian Railways had cancelled 81 trains and diverted some of them as a precautionary measure.
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