Three people died as Cyclone Fani barreled into Odisha on Friday morning even as the Odisha government managed to evacuate over 11 lakh people, including at least 600 pregnant women, to camps on higher grounds.
Large areas in the temple town of Puri and other places were submerged as heavy rain battered the coast, a media report cited official as saying.
‘Fani’ left a trail of destruction in Odisha after making landfall in Puri district, with thousand of trees, electric poles getting uprooted and thatched houses destroying at some places including Bhubaneswar and Jagatsinghpur.
It triggered heavy rainfall coupled with high-velocity winds of 175 to 200 kmph.
Torrential rain occurred in several parts of the State, including Puri, Bhubaneswar, Khurda, Ganjam, Jagatsinghpur. Puri town and adjoining areas were submerged as heavy downpours battered the entire coastal belt.
Odisha government undertook a massive operation and evacuated around 11 lakh people to safety in 13 districts. They have been accommodated in over 4,200 shelters, including 880 specially designed cyclone centres.