The Indian state of Orissa is currently in severe crisis. One of the most severe storms to hit the region in recent years, made landfall at 08:00 AM on Friday. Fani is the strongest cyclone this early in the year in the North Indian Ocean since Cyclone Nargis in 2008
Reports say that more that 1 million people have had to be evacuated and officials have confirmed 7 people dead.
According to accu-weather, “At landfall, Fani was classified as an extremely severe cyclonic storm with winds of 180-190 km/h (112-118 mph) with gusts to 200 km/h (124 mph), which is equal to a Category 3 hurricane in the Atlantic or East Pacific oceans. It has since been downgraded to a severe cyclonic storm and is expected to further weaken over the coming hours as the system remains over land. However, dangerous impacts still persist.”
There is a high concern for the people of Puri, the city of Lord Jagannath where the effects of Fani are the worst. Schools and universities have been closed in advance in preparation of the storm. Videos show destruction everywhere – shops, buildings and houses are being torn apart and there is a complete power loss in the area.
The holy temple of Lord Jagannath is 858 years old and is a cause of great concern due to the cyclone Fani.
A destroyed fuel filing station by cyclone Fani after its landfall is seen on the outskirts of Puri, in the Indian state of Odisha, Friday, May 3, 2019. Extremely severe cyclonic storm Fani made landfall in Eastern Indian state of Odisha coast, triggering heavy rainfall coupled with high velocity winds with gale-force winds of up to 200 kilometers (124 miles) per hour. (AP Photo)Currently, officials are hard at work removing debris and road blockages as well as taking people to the safety. There are around 850 shelters open in Orissa which are said to whole a total of 1 million people.
Impacts are felt as far as Mount Everest. As Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted, we can offer prayers for the safety and well-being of everyone affected.