103 trains cancelled in Odisha, Andhra Pradesh, other states: All you need to know about Cyclone Fani
On Thursday alone, some 51 trains are cancelled, followed by 49 cancellation so far on Friday on which the cyclone is likely to struck and also create landfall in Odisha.
With cyclone Fani fast approaching the Odisha Coast, the East Coast Railways has been forced to cancel over 100 trains travelling to or from regions of Odisha. Andhra Pradesh and other states which are likely to get impact as well. For ensuring safety of citizens, tourists, the Railways have cancelled a total 103 trains between May 01 to May 03, 2019. On Thursday alone, some 51 trains are cancelled, followed by 49 cancellation so far on Friday on which the cyclone is likely to struck and also create landfall in Odisha. However, the special trains are operational, helping the evacuation of citizens and tourists. States like Assam, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh are seen to be affected from this cyclone.
Few trains travelling from and to Howrah, Santragachi, Patna, Silchar, Tirupati, New delhi, Bhubaneswar, Guwahit, Chennai Central, Yesvantpur, Ernakulam, Rourkela, Puri, Kharagpur, Secunderabad, Gandhidham, Hyderabad, Tambaram, Thiruvananthapuram, Mumbai CST and Visakhapatnam were cancelled. These were the ones travelling to cyclone-stressed areas.
Meanwhile, trains such as Bangalore to Guwahati and Visakhapatnam to Amritsar was diverted.
(Image Source: East Coast Railway Tweet)
Further, continuing the evacuation process, special trains were operation. First one was from Puri which is already scheduled at around 12 noon. Followed by second train from Puri to Howrah at around 3 pm. Meanwhile, there is another train to Howrah scheduled at 6 pm. These trains will stop at Khurda Road, Bhubaneswar, Cuttack, Jajpur Keonjhar Road, Bhadrak, Baleswar and Kharagpur.
Cyclone Fani in India:
The national weather forecasting centre, India Meteorological Department has called Foni as ‘extremely severe cyclonic storm’. Latest update given by IMD shows that, Foni which is over Westcentral Bay of Bengal moved northnortheastwards with a speed of about 15 kmph in last 06 hours and lay centred at 0530 hrs IST of 2nd May, 2019 over Westcentral Bay of Bengal, near Latitude 15.9°N and Longitude 84.4°E, about 450 Km south-southwest of Puri (Odisha), 230 km south-southeast of Vishakhapatnam (Andhra Pradesh) and 650 km south-southwest of Digha (West Bengal).
IMD said, “It is very likely to move north-north eastwards and cross Odisha Coast between Gopalpur and Chandbali, around Puri during 3rd May afternoon with maximum sustained wind of speed 170-180 Kmph gusting to 200 Kmph.”
Apart from that, IMD reveals that, a cyclonic circulation lies over northwest Madhya Pradesh & neighbourhood extending upto 1.5 km above mean sea level. The trough from West Uttar Pradesh to east Vidarbha across East Madhya Pradesh now runs from the above cyclonic circulation to east Vidarbha across central Madhya Pradesh extending upto 0.9 km above mean sea level.
Also, the cyclonic circulation over east central Arabian Sea & adjoining Coastal Karnataka at 1.5 km above mean sea level persists. A cyclonic circulation lies over central Assam & neighbourhood extending upto 0.9 km above mean sea level. Trough at mean sea level from East Uttar Pradesh to Nagaland across Bihar and Sub-Himalayan West Bengal has become less marked.
No significant change in maximum temperatures likely over most parts of the rest of the country during next 2-3 days.
For May 07 to May 09, IMD predicts widespread rainfall likely over East, northeast India & Andaman & Nicobar Islands and scattered to fairly widespread over western Himalayan region and northern plains; Isolated rainfall likely over west coasts and Lakshadweep.
Odisha and cyclones!
This would not be the first cyclone to hit Odisha. Sadly, the state has been taking shocks of multiple cyclones since 1999. In fact, between 2013 to 2014, Cyclone Phailin, Cyclone Helen and Cyclone Hudhud has already impacted this state. Last one was in 2018, named as cyclone Titli which winds were 150 km per hour 93 mph.
According to BBC report, Indian officials say they have set up more than 850 shelters, which are thought to be able to hold almost one million people. Reportedly, the navy, the coast guard and the National Disaster Response Force have all been prepared for deployment.
Interestingly, the storm is also expected to move towards Bangladesh and Chittagong region by Saturday. Also, Cox Bazaar’s port city where thousands of Rohingya refugees stay in camps have also been alerted.
What is a cyclone?
A cyclone is a huge scale air mass which rotates around a strong center of low atmospheric pressure in meteorology. They are formed by inward spiraling winds which rotate about a zone of low pressure. The characterization of a cyclone, hurricane and typhoon are almost similar. The only difference is where the storm occurs. For instance, in Northwest Pacific, this storm would be called as typhoon, while cyclone comes in South Pacific and Indian Ocean and in the Atlantic and Northeast Pacific they are termed as hurricane.