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Cyclone Fani lashes eastern India

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Cyclone Fani on Friday made a landfall in Puri, Odisha, in eastern India bringing with it wind of around 180 km per hour.

Some 1.08 million people have been evacuated to safer places from 11 coastal districts and initial reports indicate that there have been human casualties.

While over 140 trains have been either cancelled or re-routed on 3 May and 4 May due to the cyclone, flights operations have been suspended at Bhubaneswar airport. Paradip and Gopalpur ports have suspended operations and tourists have been directed not to venture out in coastal Odisha, and Andhra Pradesh.

Cyclone Fani makes landfall in Odisha coast
Damgaed motorcyles on the highway after cyclone Fani made landfall in Odisha coast, at Konark in Puri district Odisha, India.

Neighbouring West Bengal also decided to close an airport at Kolkata, the state capital. Hundreds of thousands of people had been given evacuation orders in the state.

Close to 60 km inland, high winds uprooted trees and electricity poles in the state capital, Bhubaneswar, where authorities had ordered the airport to stay closed. Schools and colleges in Odisha were also shut.

Hundreds of disaster management personnel were deployed in the state. Doctors and other medical staff were told to defer any leave until May 15.

Via CNN/ Times of India/BBC