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Cyclone Fani Hits Bangladesh after Leaving a Trail of Destruction in India

Authorities said they are investigating at least 12 reported deaths in India and at least four in Bangladesh, although a significant human disaster appears to have been averted

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Damaged signage lies on a street in Puri district after Cyclone Fani hit the coastal eastern state of Odisha, India, May 3, 2019. VOA

A weakened Cyclone Fani struck Bangladesh Saturday after leaving a trail of destruction Friday in India’s eastern Odisha state. Authorities said they are investigating at least 12 reported deaths in India and at least four in Bangladesh, although a significant human disaster appears to have been averted.

In a 24-hour period before the storm made landfall, an unprecedented 1.2 million people in India were evacuated, India’s National Disaster Response Force said, averting a greater loss of life. In neighboring Bangladesh, another million people were moved to safety.

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A fisherman carries his tools as he leaves for a safer place after tying his boats along the shore ahead of Cyclone Fani in Peda Jalaripeta on the outskirts of Visakhapatnam, India, May 1, 2019. VOA

Fani had been downgraded to a depression as it swept inland over Bangladesh. “The fear of a major disaster is mostly over, as it has weakened,” said Bangladesh Meteorological Department Director Shamsuddin Ahmed.

Authorities in India were assessing the damage inflicted by Fani, which strengthened for days over the northern parts of the Bay of Bengal before tearing into Odisha. The popular seaside tourist town of Puri was extensively damaged Friday by wind gusts of up to 200 kilometers per hour, tearing off roofs, snapping power lines and uprooting trees.

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Indian fishermen pull a boat to higher ground on a beach in Puri in the eastern Indian state of Odisha, May 2, 2019, as Cyclone Fani approaches the Indian coastline. VOA

Eastern India is no stranger to deadly storms. In 1999, a super-cyclone hit Odisha, killing more than 10,000 people. Four years later, the toll was significantly lower when Cyclone Phailin hit the state. Because of improved forecasting and evacuation procedures, the death toll from Fani is expected to be even lower.

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On Tuesday, Fani became the strongest storm in the north Indian Ocean this early in the season, passing Cyclone Nargis, which killed more than 100,000 people in Myanmar in 2008.

The north Indian Ocean cyclone season does not have fixed start and end dates like the Atlantic hurricane season. Instead, it has two main periods of activity: late April to early June, and October and November. Fani is the first cyclone of the 2019 season. (VOA)

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Centre Stands with People Hit by Fani, Says PM Narendra Modi

Modi is the third Prime Minister after Chaudhary Charan Singh and Indira Gandhi, and the first in 40 years, to visit Hindaun

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India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi gestures as he addresses a gathering in New Delhi, India. VOA

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Friday that the Centre stood with the people in states hit by cyclone Fani.

Addressing an election rally in Hindaun near here, Modi said, “I want to assure the families affected by the cyclone that we are with them at this point of hour. We have collected fresh updates from the officials and had released a fund of Rs 1,000 crore for relief work on Thursday.

“Rescue teams have been operationalised. The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), Indian Coast Guard, Indian Navy and Indian Army — all have been working with the administration. Coming together to combat bad times is the spirit of India.”

Extremely severe cyclonic storm Fani with a wind speed touching nearly 200 kmph made landfall earlier on Friday on the eastern coast of the country, wreaking havoc in Odisha. It will cross several districts in the state before advancing to neighbouring West Bengal.

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A fisherman carries his tools as he leaves for a safer place after tying his boats along the shore ahead of Cyclone Fani in Peda Jalaripeta on the outskirts of Visakhapatnam, India, May 1, 2019. VOA

On the political front, Modi said that the working pattern of the Congress can’t be compared to that of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) when it came to tackling terrorism. In fact, the Congress was even questioning the timing of the declaration of Masood Azhar as a global terrorist, he said.

“Should the United Nations have asked the ‘Namdaars’ before making the declaration? Today, India has made a name for itself in the world. Our untiring efforts have helped in naming Masood Azhar as a global terrorist by the world’s most powerful body,” the Prime Minister said.

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“Masood Azhar has been hurting India for last many years. Many mothers have lost their sons who died fighting against these terrorists. However, now the terrorists will not be allowed to party in Pakistan any more,” he said.

Modi is the third Prime Minister after Chaudhary Charan Singh and Indira Gandhi, and the first in 40 years, to visit Hindaun. (IANS)