Cyclone Fani may have weakened to a 'severe' storm but its impact seems unavoidable as it has hit India's East coast on Friday morning. Heavy rain and roaring winds have taken over the several parts of Odisha. After videos of the roof of the undergraduate hostel in AIIMS Bhubaneshwar was seen being blown off due to the effect of the cyclone, now seems like it has also caused significant damage to Odisha's reputed educational institute 'Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology' aka KIIT University.
The recent visuals from the place that have surfaced on the internet show that a glass wall at the KIIT hostel in Bhubaneswar was shattered as a result of gusty winds. In fact, the tin roof of the indoor sports building was also ripped off. People were seen running out in the open to save their lives.
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Over 100 trains have either been cancelled or diverted in order to prevent any damages. Furthermore, flights have also been cancelled to and from Kolkata and Bhubaneswar airport.
The press release by India Meteorological Department at 12:00 hours on May 3 says that at 11:30 hours the cyclone lay centred over coastal Odisha about 10 km east and 30 km south of Bhubaneswar.
The forecast says that the very severe cyclonic storm “Fani” is very likely to continue to move north-northeastwards and weaken further into a severe cyclonic storm during the next six hours.