Cyclonic Storm Fani is expected to intensify into a very severe cyclonic storm by tomorrow and will continue to move North West and change its path to North East from Wednesday. According to India Meteorological Department, IMD, landfall over Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh is ruled out. However, the possibility of landfall in Odisha is under continuous watch.
The Prime Minister is closely monitoring the situation and has directed Cabinet Secretary to convene the meeting of National Crisis Management Committee to take stock of the situation with State Governments and Central Ministries and Agencies concerned and ensure that all preparations to deal with any situation are in place. National Disaster Response Force and Indian Coast Guard have been put on high and placed at the disposal of State Government Authorities.
Regular warnings have been issued since Thursday to fishermen not to venture into the sea. Those at sea to have been asked to return to the coast. IMD has been issuing three hourly bulletins with the latest forecast to all the concerned States. Home Ministry is also in continuous touch with the State Governments and the Central Agencies concerned.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke to officials regarding the situation arising due to Cyclone Fani. Mr Modi asked them to take preventive measures and be prepared to provide all possible assistance. The Prime Minister also urged them to work closely with Governments of the affected states. He prayed for everyone’s safety and well being.