The horrific cyclonic storm Phoenix is likely to knock at Puri in Odisha on Friday. In view of this, the defense forces have been placed on high alert. Instructions have been given to keep educational institutions closed too. Over eight lakh people are being evacuated from coastal districts to safer areas.
Officials gave this information. According to the latest forecast released by the United Storm Warning Center (JWTC), Fonni is considered to be the most dangerous cyclone after the super cyclone of 1999, which is expected to pass through Jagannath Puri on May 3 and during this time wind speed is 175 kilometers
Expect to stay around hourly. The Indian Meteorological Department said in a new bulletin that the storm centered around 610 km south-southwest of Puri over the Bay of Bengal is growing at a speed of six kilometers per hour towards Odisha coast. An official said that the Navy, the Indian Air Force, and the Coast Guard have been placed on high alert to deal with any challenge.
He said that there is a possibility of storm knocking on Thursday evening. During this time, the ocean can rise above the height of one and a half meters. Gangaam, Puri, Khordha, Cuttack, and Jagatsinghpur districts are expected to get torrential rains and storms from 175 to 200 mph are expected. State Chief Secretary, A.P.Padhi said that the holidays of all doctors and health service personnel have been canceled till May 15.
State Police Chief RP Sharma said that the holidays of policemen were also canceled. Those policemen who are on leave have been asked to return to duty immediately. In the affected districts, IAS officers have been made heads of relief, rescue and rehabilitation campaign. Sharma said that the police superintendents have been asked to monitor the situation constantly and provide relief to affected people.
Sethi said that 880 cyclone shelters have been constructed in the coastal and southern districts so that people evacuated from affected areas can be kept safe there. He said that there are no such facilities in districts like Gajapati and Raigadha. The affected people will be accommodated in schools and Anganwadi centers.
Meanwhile, the Election Commission has eased the provisions of Model Code of Conduct from 11 coastal districts of Odisha. State Chief Electoral Officer Surendra Kumar gave this information. He said that it includes coastal areas like Puri, Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapara, Bhadrak, Balasore, Mayurbhanj, Gajapati, Ganjam, Khordha, Cuttack and Jajpur-where the impact of the cyclone is expected. Apart from this, the impact of this storm may also affect Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, and West Bengal.
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik requested the Election Commission to remove Model Code of Conduct for speedy relief and rehabilitation activities in coastal areas. Kumar said that EVMs in Jagatsinghpur and Gajapati districts will be taken to a safe place in the presence of representatives of all political parties and videography of this exercise will also be done to ensure transparency. East Coast Railway canceled 74 trains in the wake of cyclone
Meanwhile, a senior official said that the state government advised the cyclonic storm to leave Puri on Thursday evening, due to the rise of ‘Phony’ near Odisha coast. Orders for the closure of all educational institutions in the state have also been given.
Special relief commissioner (SRC) BP Sethi said, “All educational institutions should declare the recess from May 2 to three days and the dates of the examinations should be changed.” Sources in the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) said that Phoenix is the first cyclonic storm in the Indian Ocean area to be built in April. Such cyclonic storms are rarely encountered during the summer because in the months of September-November it is usually seen after the monsoon.
According to the report received from Amravati / Visakhapatnam, a Red Alert has been declared in Srikakulam district of the North coastal Andhra Pradesh, because heavy winds with speeds of 120 kilometers per hour are affected due to the impact of Hurricane Phoenix, heavy rainfall is expected.
On 2 and 3 May, heavy rains have been estimated in the districts of Visakhapatnam and Eastern Godavari adjacent to the Vijayanagaram district along with the Bay of Bengal. Nearly 11 boards are expected to be impressed by the phonies near the Bay of Bengal coast in Srikakulam.
Seven divisions can be affected in Vizianagaram district. Officials said the cyclonic storm of 19 districts of Odisha, Andhra Pradesh and West Bengal is likely to be affected by the “extremely serious” form of Phoenie. About 900 cyclone shelters have been built and 78 teams of Indian Navy, Indian Coast Guard and National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) have been called for deployment.
An official of the Home Ministry said that the National Crisis Management Committee (NCMC) reviewed preparations for Phoneye on Wednesday. A meeting was held under the chairmanship of Cabinet Secretary PK Sinha in which representatives from the state and central ministries and the concerned agencies participated.