Gusty winds clock speeds of up to 250 kmph; heavy rains submerge several pockets of temple town Puri; storm uproots trees, electrical poles, damages houses, cars
Bhubaneswar: At least two people lost their lives after Cyclone Fani left a trail of devastation around the coastal areas of Odisha on Friday with torrential rains and gusty winds clocking speeds of up to 250 kmph.
The killer storm that made its landfall in the coastal state on Friday morning has caused extensive damage in the state, uprooting trees and electricity poles and cutting off power supply to several areas in the state.
As per reports, large areas in the temple town of Puri and other places were submerged after heavy rains battered the coastal region.
The Odisha government on Thursday evacuated over 11 lakhs people residing in coastal area to relief camps on higher grounds.
As many as 223 trains were cancelled and airline services were suspended in Odisha and neighbouring West Bengal with immediate effect on Thursday in the wake of Cyclone Fani.
Meanwhile, the authorities ordered deployment of over hundreds of disaster management personnel in the cyclone-hit state and further directed doctors and other medical staff not to take any leave until May 15.