Cyclone Fani triggers heavy rainfall in Kolkata, uprooting trees.
Cyclone Fani has entered West Bengal, hours after making landfall and causing havoc in Odisha on Friday. One of the strongest storms to batter the Indian subcontinent in decades, the cyclone uprooted trees and triggered rains in Bengal on Saturday night. No loss of life or any injury has been reported so far.
Around 15,000 people spent last night at shelters in coastal East Midnapore district, while 20,000 people stayed at shelters in West Midnapore district.
Here are the LIVE updates on Cyclone Fani:
Based on the latest weather update, flight operations are expected to resume at the Kolkata Airport from 8:00am.
The storm is now lying close to Arambagh in Hooghly district, and is 40 km west of Kolkata.
“It is likely to continue further in north, north east direction, and reach the east Burdwan-Hooghly border, and through Nadia go to Bangladesh on Saturday afternoon, weakening into a cyclonic storm, after having triggered rains,” Regional Meteorological Centre’s Deputy Director General Sanjib Bandyopadhyay says.
“The severe cyclonic storm Fani entered Bengal at 12.30 a.m. through Odisha’s Balasore. It crossed Kharagpur packing a wind of 70-80 kmph, gusting to 90 kmph,” Regional Meteorological Centre’s Deputy Director General Sanjib Bandyopadhyay says.