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Cyclonic storm Fani enters West Bengal

Cyclonic storm Fani has entered West Bengal crossing West Midnapur district, after leaving a trail of destruction in coastal districts of Odisha. The extremely severe cyclone with wind speed up to 175 kmph lashed Orisha yesterday morning. It has weakened and moved in North-East direction with the wind speed of 90 km per hour. The system is likely to move further north-northeastwards and hit Bangladesh by this evening.

In West Bengal, there is no major report of any loss of life or properties so far. A red has been issued in coastal areas and fishermen have been asked not to venture into the sea. Several districts including East and West Midnapore, North and South 24 Parganas besides, Howrah, Hooghly, Jhargram, Kolkata and the Sundarbans are likely to be hit by the storm.

In Odisha, heavy rain and high-velocity winds uprooted trees, swept away thatched huts and snapped power supply in the state. Fani is the strongest storm to hit India since 2014. Around 220 trains on Howrah-Chennai route have been cancelled keeping in view passengers’ safety. Flight movement at Bhubaneswar airport is likely resuming this afternoon.

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