'Fani' turns into 'severe cyclonic storm'. Here are do's and don'ts

  • | Tuesday | 30th April, 2019

The NDRF and the Indian Coast Guard have been put on high alert and the fishermen have been asked not to venture into the sea as cyclone ‘Fani’ is expected to intensify into a ‘very severe storm’ by Tuesday, the Home Ministry said.

Cyclone Fani is headed towards Odisha coast  and is intensified into a ‘severe cyclonic storm’ on Monday evening, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said

 It could take a shape of an ‘extremely severe cyclone’ by Wednesday, prompting the government to put the National Disaster Response Force and the Indian Coast Guard on high alert, officials said.

In its 9 pm bulletin, the Cyclone Warning Division of the IMD said the storm currently lays about 620 km east-northeast of the Trincomalee in Sri Lanka, 770 km east-southeast of Chennai and 900 km south-southeast of Machilipatnam.

“The Cyclonic storm ‘Fani’ (pronounced as Foni) over Southeast Bay of Bengal and neighborhood moved north-northwestwards with a speed of about 16 kilometers per hour in last six hours, intensified into a severe cyclonic storm.

“It is very likely to intensify into a very severe cyclonic storm during next 24 hours and into an extremely severe cyclonic storm during subsequent 24 hours. It is very likely to move northwestwards till May 1 evening and thereafter recurve north-northeastwards towards the Odisha coast,” the bulletin said.

The NDRF and the Indian Coast Guard have been put on high alert and the fishermen have been asked not to venture into the sea as cyclone ‘Fani’ is expected to intensify into a ‘very severe storm’ by Tuesday, the Home Ministry said.

The wind speed of a cyclonic storm is 80-90 kilometers per hour with wind gusting up to 100 kmph. In case of an ‘extremely severe cyclonic storm’, the wind speed goes up to 170-180 kmph and could gain the speed of 195 kmph.

 Here are Do`s and Don`t

1. Before Cyclone

·        Ignore rumors, stay calm, don`t panic

·        Keep your mobile phones charged to ensure connectivity; use SMS

·        Listen to the radio, watch TV, read newspapers for weather updates

·        Keep your documents and valuables in waterproof containers

·        Keep cattle/animals unties to ensure their safety

Fishermen should

·        Keep a radio with extra batteries

·        keep boats tied up in a safe place

·        Don`t venture into the sea

2. During and after cyclone

Indoors

·        switch off electrical mains and gas connection

·        Keep doors and windows shut

·        if your house is unsafe, leave early before the onset of a cyclone

·        Listen to the radio and rely on official warnings only

·        Drink boiled water

Outdoors

·        Do not enter damaged buildings

·        Watch out for broken electrical poles and wires

·        Seek a safe shelter as soon as possible


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