Huge cyclone threatens millions in India
May 2, 2019 -- The arrival of severe Cyclone Fani has led to the evacuation of more than 800,000 people from India’s east coast.
The India Meteorological Department in New Delhi says Fani is expected to make landfall on Friday with gale-force winds of up to 200km/h. It warns of "extremely heavy falls" over parts of the state of Odisha and its southern neighbor Andhra Pradesh.
Fearing that Fani could be the worst storm since 1999, when a cyclone killed around 10,000 people and devastated large parts of Odisha, Indian officials put the navy, air force, army and coast guard on high alert, the Press Trust of India news agency reported.
The Meteorological Department projected "total destruction" of thatched-roof huts, flooding of farmland and orchards, and the uprooting of telephone poles.
Fani was also forecast to hit Bangladesh, tracking north through ports including Cox's Bazar, the coastal district where more than a million Rohingya refugees live in refugee camps.