Categorised as “extremely severe”, Cyclone Fani made a landfall in Puri, Odisha at 8am with wind speeds upto 210 kmph and heavy rainfall lashing the coastal belts. 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.
Visuals show that numerous trees were uprooted and thatched structures destroyed at some places including Bhubaneswar.
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More than 11 lakh people have been evacuated. The Odisha government is committed to make it a zero casualty cyclone.
“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.