By Nick Baum
THURSDAY – 5/2/19
Emergency evacuations are underway as the largest cyclone to hit India in nearly five years is striking the heavily populated east coast, with about 100 million Indians and some Bangladeshians in the path of the storm. Tropical Cyclone Fani is said to be a level 3 cyclone, and has been classified as an “extremely severe cyclonic storm”.
Meteorologists say that Fani will hit the Odisha state of India around Friday afternoon. So far, over 900 cyclone shelters have been set up in the state alone, and the country’s coast guard and navy are currently deploying ships and helicopters for relief missions if needed.
Fani is currently 270 kilometers off of the Indian coast and has the strongest winds of a cyclone in the Bay of Begal since Narnis in 2008. Odisha is known for its many archeological sites and ancient temples, and many scientists are undergoing efforts to preserve them.
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