Written byRamya Patelkhana
Fani triggered moderate to heavy rains in parts of Kolkata and suburbs; many trees were uprooted.
The eye of the cyclone is likely to bypass Kolkata before noon on Saturday.
Cyclone Fani has relatively weakened as it entered West Bengal; it has now been categorized as "very severe" after remaining in the "extremely severe" cyclonic storm category.
While the Kolkata airport reportedly resumed operations as per schedule at 8 am on Saturday, the movement of some trains in the state could be affected due to snapped power lines and broken trees on the tracks.
Meanwhile, the India Meteorological Department also warned the north-eastern states to be on alert as Cyclone Fani is likely to enter the north-eastern region after crossing Bangladesh.
"The severe cyclonic storm Fani entered Bengal at 12:30 am through Odisha's Balasore. It crossed Kharagpur packing a wind (speed) of 70-80 kmph, gusting to 90 kmph," Regional Meteorological Center's Deputy Director General Sanjib Bandyopadhyay was quoted as saying by news agency IANS.
"I assure the affected people that the nation and the Center are with them," said PM Narendra Modi at a rally in Rajasthan. The Center released over Rs. 1,000 crore in advance for the affected states, he said.
He will visit Odisha on Monday. "...I will be going to Odisha to take stock of the situation...in the wake of Cyclone Fani," he tweeted.
PM Modi also tweeted, "Spoke to Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik Ji and discussed the situation prevailing due to Cyclone Fani. Assured continuous support from the Central Government in the wake of the cyclone. The entire nation stands in solidarity with all those affected...in different parts."
Spoke to Shri Keshari Nath Tripathi Ji, the Governor of West Bengal on the situation due to Cyclone Fani. Reiterated the Centre’s readiness to provide all help needed to cope with the cyclone. Also conveyed my solidarity with the people of Bengal in the wake of Cyclone Fani.— Chowkidar Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) May 4, 2019
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