Villagers at the beach as dark clouds hover above the sea ahead of cyclone ‘Fani’, in Puri. (Source: PTI) 

Cyclone Fani: Flights To And From Bhubaneswar Cancelled

Flights to and from Bhubaneswar airport stand “cancelled” on May 3 due to cyclone Fani, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation said.

The aviation regulator also said that no flight will depart or arrive at the Kolkata airport between 9.30 pm on May 3 and 6 pm on May 4.

The “extremely severe” cyclonic storm is expected to hit the Odisha coast on Friday.

Other states on the eastern coast, such as West Bengal, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu, are also expected to be affected.

In an advisory, the DGCA said the aforementioned flights are being “cancelled in advance in order to avoid passenger inconvenience and safety of operations”.

“Resumption of flights will be with positive clearance from respective air traffic control,” the aviation watchdog said in the advisory.

Fani is the most severe cyclonic storm since the super cyclone of 1999 that claimed close to 10,000 lives and left a trail of destruction in vast swathes of Odisha, according to the Joint Typhoon Warning Centre.

India Meteorological Department sources said it is also the first cyclonic storm of such severity to have formed in April in India’s oceanic neighbourhood in 43 years.

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