Cyclone Fani LIVE updates: 3 dead in Odisha, restoration process underway at the International Airport

Visuals from Biju Patnaik International Airport in Bhubaneswar after Fani Cyclone made a landfall in Puri earlier in the day. Restoration process underway

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3 May 2019, 6:38 PM

Visuals of heavy rainfall and strong winds from Digha

Visuals of heavy rainfall and strong winds from Digha. Cyclone Fani made its landfall in Puri, Odisha earlier in the day.

3 May 2019, 6:32 PM

Visuals from Biju Patnaik International Airport in Bhubaneswar after Fani Cyclone made a landfall in Puri earlier in the day

3 May 2019, 6:32 PM

3 people have lost their lives in Cyclone Fani and precautions are taken should be continued

SN Pradhan, DG NDRF: As of now, three persons have lost their lives in the cyclone. The precautions that have been taken should be continued.

3 May 2019, 5:25 PM

Strong winds and heavy rainfall hit Bhubaneswar city; Visuals from Biju Patnaik International Airport

3 May 2019, 4:35 PM

A bus getting blown away by strong winds in IIT Bhubaneswar

3 May 2019, 3:53 PM

'Fani' fury weakens, heavy rainfall predicted in Odisha, AP, Bengal, northeast: MHA

The eye of cyclonic storm 'Fani' has "completely moved into land" by 10 am on Friday weakening its fury, but heavy rainfall is still predicted in Odisha, Andhra Pradesh, West Bengal and parts of the northeastern states, the Home Ministry said Friday.

According to the National Emergency Response Centre, under the home ministry, power and telecommunication lines in Puri district of Odisha are completely down and restoration work is on.

Rescuers belonging to the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), the Navy, Coast Guard, Army and Air Force have been deployed in a mass operations, closely monitored by the central government.

3 May 2019, 3:53 PM

AIIMS PG exam scheduled on May 5, cancelled at Bhubaneswar exam centre

Due to Cyclone Fani, AIIMS PG exam scheduled on May 5, is cancelled at Bhubaneswar exam centre. Another exam will be conducted for students affected by this cancellation as soon as normalcy returns: Union Health Ministry

3 May 2019, 3:33 PM

'Fani' heading towards West Bengal, rain lashes city

Normal life in and around Kolkata was thrown out of gear on Friday as cyclonic storm 'Fani' made landfall in neighbouring Odisha.

Squally winds and rains hit Kolkata leading to waterlogging and traffic congestion. 'Fani' is likely to reach West Bengal by Friday evening. Coastal areas of the state also experienced heavy rains along with strong winds.

"The eye of the storm is likely to be weakened when it enters West Bengal. The wind speed will be around 100 kmph to 110 kmph," an official of the meteorological department said.

Moderate to heavy rains lashed various parts of the city, causing heavy traffic congestion in north and south Kolkata.

3 May 2019, 2:51 PM

Visuals of heavy rainfall and strong winds from Balipatna in Khurda after Cyclone Fani made a landfall in Odisha's Puri.

3 May 2019, 2:46 PM

Three killed during cyclone Fani in Odisha: Officials

Three people were killed in separate incidents as cyclone Fani battered the Odisha coast Friday, officials said.

A teenager was killed when a tree came crashing down on him at a place within Sakhigopal police station area limits in Puri district.

Flying debris from a concrete structure hit a woman in Nayagarh district when she had gone to fetch water, killing her.

In Debendranarayanpur village in Kendrapara district, a 65-year-old woman died after suspected heart attack at a cyclone shelter, official information reaching here said.

3 May 2019, 2:26 PM

Villagers clearing a blocked road in Jagatsinghpur District, Odisha after landfall by Cyclone Fani

3 May 2019, 2:11 PM

Do's and Don'ts issued by the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) for people to remain safe amid Cyclone Fani

Cyclone Fani LIVE updates: 3 dead in Odisha, restoration process underway at the International Airport
3 May 2019, 2:07 PM

Sea Ingression near Chilika Coast in Khordha district

3 May 2019, 1:44 PM

Villagers clearing a blocked road in Jagatsinghpur District, Odisha after landfall by Cyclone Fani

3 May 2019, 1:40 PM

Winds and rain as Cyclone Fani makes landfall in Odisha

3 May 2019, 1:31 PM

Mamata Banerjee cancels rallies, asks people to stay indoors as Cyclone Fani heads towards West Bengal

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee cancelled her public rallies scheduled for Friday and advised people not to pay heed to rumours and stay indoors as Cyclone Fani heads towards the state.

The chief minister said, "We are fully alert" and keeping a close watch on the situation.

"I will ask the common people to try to abstain from outdoor activities as much as possible in these two days. And if you have to go out, keep an eye on electric poles and live electric wires. Switch off cable television lines and put off gas cylinders during the storm," Banerjee, who is staying at Kharagpur in West Midnapore district to monitor the situation, said.

The state government has sounded an alert to cope with the extremely severe cyclonic storm.

3 May 2019, 1:11 PM

Destructive force of the Cyclone Fani winds

3 May 2019, 1:11 PM

Braving all the odds police forces work relentlessly to clear out the disrupted roads.

3 May 2019, 1:08 PM

Visuals from Odisha as Cyclone Fani's strong winds almost topple car

3 May 2019, 1:07 PM

Extensive damage to structure of AIIMS Bhubaneswar reported due to Cyclone Fani

"Extensive damage to structure of AIIMS Bhubaneswar reported due to Cyclone Fani. All patients,staff, students safe. Many water tanks have blown off, lighting poles are down, air conditioners damaged. We have enough supplies, ready to support the state" - Health Secy Preeti Sudan.

3 May 2019, 1:05 PM

Video clip of a roof being blown off at the undergraduate hostel in AIIMS Bhubaneswar due to Cyclone Fani

3 May 2019, 1:03 PM

Leaving Andhra, Cyclonic Storm FANI hits Odisha; over a million evacuated

3 May 2019, 1:01 PM

PM Modi announces relief for Cyclone Fani

3 May 2019, 12:56 PM

Watch: Fani wreaks havoc in Odisha

3 May 2019, 12:42 PM

Cyclone Fani: Police personnel of Nayapalli police station clear roads in Bhubaneswar

Police personnel of Nayapalli police station clear roads in Bhubaneswar. Several trees have been uprooted in the heavy rain and strong winds which hit the region on Friday.

3 May 2019, 12:37 PM

Indian Navy P8I and Dornier to undertake an aerial survey of Fani devastation

3 May 2019, 12:14 PM

Cyclone Fani moves away from Andhra Pradesh

Cyclone Fani has moved away from Andhra Pradesh, so, we have issued a de-warning. 3 districts in the state were impacted by heavy rainfall.

3 May 2019, 12:10 PM

Airlines must immediately respond to concerns of passengers affected by Cyclone Fani, says Civil Aviation Minister Suresh Prabhu

3 May 2019, 12:06 PM

Cyclone Fani is expected to weaken with a wind speed of 150-160 km per hour in next 3 hours

“In the next 3 hours, Cyclone Fani is expected to weaken with a wind speed of 150-160 km per hour, subsequently it will weaken and move north-north eastwards. By evening, it may weaken into severe cyclonic storm over extreme northern part of Odisha,” said Mrityunjay Mohapatra, IMD, Delhi

3 May 2019, 11:56 AM

157 trains cancelled in view of Cyclone Fani

Another 10 trains were cancelled by East Coast railway today. Number of cancelled trains due to Fani has gone up to 157

3 May 2019, 11:48 AM

No flights to and from Kolkata between 3 pm and 8 am: AAI

The Airports Authority of India on Friday said no flights will take off from and to Kolkata from 3 pm to 8 am tomorrow. The closure time has been revised from the earlier announced 9.30 pm to 6 pm tomorrow.

3 May 2019, 11:47 AM

NDRF team at Digha evacuates 132 people

NDRF team deployed at Digha evacuated total 132 people, including 52 children, from Dattapur and Tajpur. They have been taken to a shelter.

3 May 2019, 11:46 AM

Fani blows through Puri

3 May 2019, 11:45 AM

Cyclone Fani: Railways helpline numbers

3 May 2019, 11:19 AM

Rough sea weather conditions in Bhadrak, Odisha under the influence of Cyclone Fani

3 May 2019, 11:17 AM

Odisha’s emergency helpline number for Cyclone Fani

3 May 2019, 11:07 AM

Cyclone Fani to hit West Bengal at 8.30 pm today

Cyclone Fani expected to hit West Bengal at 8:30 pm on Friday. Kolkata airport to halt operations from 9:30 pm . No flights will land or take off from Kolkata airport between 9:30 pm, May 3 to 6pm, May 4.

3 May 2019, 10:57 AM

Three naval warships to be first responders to Fani

Three Indian navy's warships -- Sahyadri, Ranvir and Kadmatt -- with relief material and medical teams are tracking extremely severe cyclone Fani and will be the first responder and start rescue work as soon the storm hits the coast in Odisha.

3 May 2019, 10:51 AM

Navy on standby in Visakhapatnam

Thirteen Navy aircraft are at standby in Visakhapatnam to carry out damage assessment and relief distribution requirements

3 May 2019, 10:43 AM

Mamata Banerjee cancels rallies for next 48 hours

“Have cancelled my rallies for the next 48 hours because of what could be an impending disaster Cyclone Fani. We are monitoring the situation 24x7 and doing all it takes. I appeal to all people to cooperate. Be alert, take care and stay safe for the next two days,” tweeted Mamata Banerjee.

3 May 2019, 10:38 AM

Eye of Cyclone Fani completely moved into land

Eye of Cyclone Fani has completely moved into land by 1000 hrs IST. 48 NDRF teams are engaged in rescue and road clearing operations in Puri and Khurda districts

3 May 2019, 10:35 AM

Heavy rainfall and strong winds hit Ganjam

Heavy rainfall and strong winds hit Ganjam as Fani cyclone hits Puri coast with wind speed of above 175km/per hour.

3 May 2019, 10:29 AM

Winds in Puri, Odisha are blowing at a maximum speed of 240-245 km per hour

Winds in Puri, Odisha are blowing at a maximum speed of 240-245 km per hour and heavy to very heavy rains are continuing over the Odisha coast. After landfall, the impact is likely to reduce and it is likely to move towards West Bengal coast.

3 May 2019, 10:23 AM

Cyclone Fani:13 Navy aircraft at standby in Visakhapatnam

13 Navy aircraft are at standby in Visakhapatnam to carry out damage assessment and relief distribution requirements.

3 May 2019, 10:19 AM

Wind speed of 35 km/hr recorded in latest updates at 9 AM & it'll increase, says R Shukla, IMD Paradip, Odisha

“Landfall process started around 8 AM and is expected to complete within 2 hrs. Then it's expected to move north-north eastwards, covering all dists in coastal Odisha, towards WB. Wind speed of 35 km/hr recorded in latest updates at 9 AM & it'll increase, said R Shukla, IMD Paradip, Odisha

3 May 2019, 10:04 AM

All tourists advised to leave Digha, West Bengal by 12 noon on Friday

3 May 2019, 10:00 AM

Cyclone Fani is frequently changing its track and speed

3 May 2019, 9:53 AM

Watch: Cyclone Fani hits Puri in Odisha

3 May 2019, 9:44 AM

Cyclone Fani makes landfall in Puri, heavy rains batter coastal belt

Extremely severe cyclonic storm 'Fani' made a landfall in Puri on Odisha coast Friday morning, triggering heavy rainfall coupled with high velocity winds with speed of 175 kmph in vast areas.

Large areas in the seaside pilgrim town of Puri and other places were submerged with water as heavy rains battered the entire coastal belt of the state. Several trees were uprooted and thatched structures destroyed at some places including Bhubaneswar.

"The cyclone has entered the Odisha coast at Puri around 8 am and it will take around three hours for the entire landfall process to be completed," Director of Regional Meteorological Centre, Bhubaneswar, H R Biswas said.

3 May 2019, 9:40 AM

Landfall to continue till 10.30 AM

Extremely severe cyclone Fani landfall started at 8 AM. Some of the portion of the eye has already entered land area. It'll take 2 more hrs to complete landfall process. Landfall position is close to Puri. It'll continue upto 10.30 AM.

3 May 2019, 9:29 AM

WATCH: Cyclone Fani hits Puri in Odisha

3 May 2019, 9:26 AM

Indian Coast Guard has positioned 34 Disaster Relief Teams

Preparing for the aftermath of Cyclone Fani, Indian Coast Guard has positioned 34 Disaster Relief Teams at Vizag, Chennai, Paradip, Gopalpur, Haldia, Frazergunj and Kolkata besides four Coast Guard ships at Vizag and Chennai

3 May 2019, 9:22 AM

Rain and strong winds hit Paradip, Odisha

3 May 2019, 9:15 AM

Strong winds hit Visakhapatnam as Cyclone Fani makes landfall in Odisha's Puri.

3 May 2019, 9:13 AM

Cyclone Fani makes landfall in Odisha's Puri with wind speed of 175 kmph

The landfall process of extremely severe Cyclone Fani began nearly at 8 am Friday close to Puri in Odisha, with the area recording a wind speed of 175 kilometres per hour, the IMD said.

Mritunjay Mohapatra, in-charge of the Cyclone Warning Division of the India Meteorological Department, said the process of landfall will continue for the next three hours.

The area along Puri is witnessing winds with a speed of 145 kilometres per hour that could reach up to 180-200 kmph, which could bring an "extensive damage", he said.

A cyclone making a landfall implies that the first arm of the cyclone has reached the land. The eye of the cyclone, which is calm, is nearly 30 kilometres.

3 May 2019, 9:05 AM

Cyclone Fani: Emergency helpline numbers

Bhubaneswar- (0674-2303060, 2301525, 2301625)

Khurda Road (0674-2490010, 2492511, 2492611)

Sambalpur (0663- 2532230, 2533037, 2532302)

Visakhapatnam – (0891- 2746255, 1072)

Puri- 06752-225922

Bhadrak- 06784-230827

Cuttack- 0671-2201865

Berhampur- 0680-2229632

3 May 2019, 9:05 AM

Low lying areas of Puri town submerged in water, No loss of life reported

Many parts, particularly low lying areas of Puri town have been submerged in water. Satapada and Panaspada area of brahmagiri block has been severely affected. No loss of life reported

3 May 2019, 8:55 AM

Cyclone Fani: Visuals from Odisha

3 May 2019, 8:52 AM

4000 NDRF personnel on high alert in Odisha

4000 NDRF personnel on high alert in Odisha as the state braces for Cyclone Fani. 10,000 villages and 52 urban local bodies evacuated.

3 May 2019, 8:46 AM

People take refuge in a shelter in Odisha.

3 May 2019, 8:43 AM

Winds speed at Puri is now about 175 km/h

3 May 2019, 8:29 AM

Odisha evacuates 1mn ahead of Cyclone Fani landfall

At least one million people have been evacuated in the last 24 hours from the vulnerable districts in Odisha ahead of Cyclone Fani's landfall in the state on Friday, officials said.

The highest number of people -- 3 lakh -- was evacuated from Ganjam district while 1.3 lakh people have been evacuated from Puri district, said an official from the Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) office.

About ten thousand villages and fifty-two Urban Local Bodies (ULBs) are likely to be affected by cyclonic storm Fani.

According to the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD), Fani, which has turned into an extremely severe cyclonic storm, laid centred about 110 km away from Puri at 4.30 a.m.

3 May 2019, 8:25 AM

Impact of landfall process has started

“The impact of landfall process has started. Fani will make a landfall between 8-11 am. In the morning at 6:31 AM it was 70 km south-southwest of Puri, it is moving now,” said HR Biswas, Director, Met Dept, Bhubaneswar

3 May 2019, 8:22 AM

Cyclone Fani: Several trains cancelled

It has further been decided to cancel 10 more trains - 7 trains on 3rd May, one train on 4th May, one train on 6th May & one train on 7th May. Railways had earlier cancelled 147 trains from 1st to 3rd May.

3 May 2019, 7:50 AM

Strong winds and rainfall hit Puri, Odisha

Strong winds and rainfall hit Puri. CycloneFani is expected to make a landfall in Puri district today. Visuals from near Puri Beach.

3 May 2019, 7:26 AM

Cyclone Fani reaches 80 km from Puri

Cyclone Fani, which is expected to make a landfall at the Odisha coast by Friday forenoon, was nearly 65 kilometres from Gopalpur and 80 kilometres from Puri at 5.30 am, the IMD said.

The Cyclone Warning Division of the India Meteorological Department said the wind speed of the Extremely Severe Cyclone Fani could reach 200-230 kilometres when it makes the landfall.

"According to our last update on location at 5.30 am, Cyclone Fani was 65 kilometres from Gopalpur and 80 kilometres from Puri, " said an official.

The cyclone is moving at a speed of 16 kilometres per hour, the IMD said.

2 May 2019, 8:12 PM

Bhubaneswar airport closes at midnight, Kolkata tomorrow

All flights from Odisha capital Bhubaneswar have already been cancelled from midnight as the extremely severe cyclone nears the state's coast, south of temple town Puri.

2 May 2019, 7:46 PM

Cyclone Fani: Likely to hit Odisha coast tomorrow forenoon

Fani likely to hit Odisha coast between Gopalpur & Chandbali around Puri tomorrow forenoon, May 3

2 May 2019, 6:19 PM

No flights will take off from midnight today for the next 24 hrs from Bhubaneswar Airport

2 May 2019, 5:41 PM

Sangram Mohapatra: Landfall of Cyclone Fani expected between 12pm-2pm; all colleges and businesses closed

Sangram Mohapatra, Spokesperson, Odisha State Disaster Management Authority said, “Landfall which was expected to be at 5:30 pm tomorrow, is now expected between 12 pm-2 pm. All colleges and soft business establishments will be closed tomorrow.”

2 May 2019, 5:38 PM

Bengal braces for stormy weekend as Fani approaches

With less than 24 hours left for Cyclone Fani to make landfall in neighbouring Odisha coast, the West Bengal government and civic bodies on Thursday worked on war footing to cope with the storm set to travel across state starting early Saturday.

The state government and the Kolkata Municipal Corporation are bracing for a severely stormy weekend. During the day decision was taken to shift people living in low lying areas to safer places. Schools were asked to prepone summer vacations as Fani hovered around 835 km southwest of Kolkata and 650 km south-southwest of Digha.

"We have heard that the cyclone has turned towards Bengal and it will also hit Kolkata. But people should not panic unnecessarily. All precautionary steps are being taken to prevent any loss of life," city mayor Firhad Hakim told the reporters.

2 May 2019, 5:37 PM

Around 95 trains cancelled, 3 special trains put in service to ferry stranded tourists

The Railways on Thursday said around 95 trains have been cancelled in the last two days in view of the 'extremely severe' cyclonic storm 'Fani', which is likely to affect Odisha, Andhra Pradesh and West Bengal, while three special trains have been pressed into service to ferry stranded passengers from affected areas.

The national transporter said it will grant full refund to passengers for the cancelled or diverted trains if tickets are produced for cancellation within three days from the scheduled date of journey.

The Railways had cancelled 81 trains on Wednesday.

2 May 2019, 5:19 PM

81 teams NDRF comprising over 4,000 personnel deployed

Over 4,000 specialised personnel as part of 81 NDRF teams have been deployed to deal with the 'extremely severe' cyclone 'Fani' which is likely to affect Odisha, Andhra Pradesh and West Bengal upon its landfall on Friday.

NDRF chief S N Pradhan told PTI that about 50 teams have been pre-positioned in the coastal areas of Odisha, Andhra Pradesh and West Bengal which are feared to be affected while another 31 teams have been kept on standby.

2 May 2019, 4:54 PM

GoAir flights cancelled for May 3 in and our from Bhubaneswar Airport

All GoAir flights in and out from Bhubaneswar Airport (BBI) stands cancelled for 03 May 2019.

2 May 2019, 4:44 PM

NDRF pre-positioned 54 rescue and relief teams along the seacoast and in flood prone areas

National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has pre-positioned its 54 rescue and relief teams along the seacoast and in flood prone areas of Andhra Pradesh, Andaman and Nicobar Islands,Jharkhand, Kerala, Odisha, Tamil Nadu and West Bengal.

2 May 2019, 4:32 PM

Train services cancelled and diverted; 3 special trains arranged towards Howrah from Puri

2 May 2019, 3:37 PM

Preparation underway at Red Cross Bhavan in Bhubaneswar for distribution of relief material packets.

2 May 2019, 3:27 PM

PM reviews preparedness

Prime Minister Narendra Modi Thursday chaired a high-level meeting to review preparedness for Cyclone Fani.

The prime minister was briefed on the likely path of the cyclone, and the ongoing precautionary and preparatory measures being undertaken, official sources said.

2 May 2019, 3:27 PM

Cyclone Fani: Around 89 trains cancelled, 3 special trains put in service to evacuate tourists

The Railways Thursday said around 89 trains have been cancelled in the last two days in view of the 'extremely severe' cyclonic storm 'Fani', which is likely to affect Odisha, Andhra Pradesh and West Bengal, while three special trains have been put into service to ferry stranded passengers from affected areas.

The national transporter said it will grant full refund to passengers for the cancelled or diverted trains if tickets are produced for cancellation within three days from the scheduled date of journey.

The Railways had cancelled 81 trains on Wednesday.

2 May 2019, 3:27 PM

People at Puri beach warned against venturing into sea

People at Puri beach warned against venturing into the sea as Cyclone Fani is expected to make landfall in Puri district on Friday.

2 May 2019, 3:27 PM

Cyclone Fani raises safety concerns about spotted deer in Balukhand sanctuary

Concerns have been raised by a senior wildlife official on the safety of spotted deer in Balukhand sanctuary, in view of the likely landfall of Cyclone Fani close to the place on Friday.

The sanctuary is located along the Bay of Bengal coast, between the towns of Puri and Konark in Odisha.

Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (Wildlife) A K Mohapatra told PTI, the fate of about 3,000 spotted deer in the sanctuary has become uncertain as wild animals cannot be shifted to safe places like human beings.

2 May 2019, 3:27 PM

Assam govt makes special train arrangements to bring back pilgrims from Puri, Odisha

The Assam government has made special train arrangements to bring back pilgrims from the state who got stranded in Puri in Odisha due to cyclonic storm 'Fani'

2 May 2019, 2:18 PM

Air Vistara to waive change cancellation fee for Bhubaneswar and Kolkata for May 2-5

In light of expected cyclone Fani, Air Vistara airlines said that on May 2 and 3, the airline will waive change and cancellation fee for Bhubaneswar and Kolkata flights for travel between May 2 to May 5.

2 May 2019, 2:01 PM

Six trains cancelled between south Indian states and Assam

Due to the Cyclonic storm 'Fani', six trains, scheduled to run between the south Indian states and Assam were cancelled on May 2 by the Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR), an official said.

2 May 2019, 1:45 PM

NDRF deploys 28 teams in Odisha

The NDRF has deployed 28 teams in Odisha, 12 in Andhra Pradesh and six teams in West Bengal for relief and rescue work. Over 30 additional teams are on standby with boats, tree cutters, telecom equipment said officials.

2 May 2019, 1:37 PM

ONGC evacuates nearly 500 employees before cyclone Fani makes landfall

India's biggest oil and gas producer ONGC has evacuated close to 500 of its employees from offshore installations in the Bay of Bengal and moved drilling rigs to safer locations ahead of an impending cyclone that is expected to make landfall on Friday.

India's eastern coast is dotted with oil and gas installations including three refineries and numerous rigs and offshore platforms that are used to explore and produce oil and gas.

Sources privy to the development said while operations at Paradip port in Odisha and Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh have been shut and ships have been ordered to move out to sea to avoid damage, the refineries are operating but with all precautions in place.

2 May 2019, 1:27 PM

ONGC evacuates nearly 500 employees before cyclone Fani makes landfall

India's biggest oil and gas producer ONGC has evacuated close to 500 of its employees from offshore installations in the Bay of Bengal and moved drilling rigs to safer locations ahead of an impending cyclone that is expected to make landfall on Friday.

India's eastern coast is dotted with oil and gas installations including three refineries and numerous rigs and offshore platforms that are used to explore and produce oil and gas.

Sources privy to the development said while operations at Paradip port in Odisha and Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh have been shut and ships have been ordered to move out to sea to avoid damage, the refineries are operating but with all precautions in place.

2 May 2019, 1:21 PM

6 trains between NE, South India cancelled

Due to the cyclonic storm 'Fani', six trains, scheduled to run between the south Indian states and Assam were cancelled on Thursday by the Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR), an official said.

According to the NFR Chief Relations Officer Pranav Jyoti Sharma, the plying of the six specified trains have been cancelled between May 2 and May 7.

The cancelled trains are, Silchar--Thiruvananthapuram Central Express, Thiruvananthapuram Central - Silchar Express, Guwahati -- Secunderabad Express, Secunderabad - Guwahati Express, Dibrugarh -Tambaram Express and the Tambaram - Dibrugarh Express.

2 May 2019, 12:56 PM

Prabhu asks airport authorities to stay alert

All authorities concerned have been alerted so that they are ready to deal with cyclone Fani, Civil Aviation Minister Suresh Prabhu said Thursday.

Fani is expected to hit the Odisha coast on Friday. Other states on the eastern coast, such as West Bengal, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu are also expected to be affected by it.

"Alerted all concerned to be ready to deal with Cyclone Fani. Airport Authority of India issued alert to all coastal airports to ensure all precautions, SOPs (standard operating procedures) put in place immediately," Prabhu tweeted.

The Airports Authority of India owns and manages more than 100 airports across India.

Prabhu said the situation would be monitored at highest level. "Airlines and all others to be fully ready," he added.

2 May 2019, 12:44 PM

AAI issues alert to all coastal airports

Airport Authority of India has issued an alert to all coastal airports to ensured that all precautions and SOPs are put in place immediately, in the view of Cyclone Fani.

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