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Cyclonic storm ‘Fani’ is expected to be ‘very intense’, with heavy rainfall in Andhra Pradesh, West Bengal, and Odisha till Thursday. India Meteorological Department (IMD) warned on Tuesday evening. The IMD has warned that the cyclone is likely to damage homes, communication and power networks and rail and road infrastructure.

On moving towards the Indian East Coast of ‘Fani’, the relief teams of Navy and Coast Guard and helicopter, National Disaster Response Force have been deployed at important places, while the Army and Air Force have been kept ready.

A Home Ministry official said, “Indian Coast Guard and Indian Navy have deployed ships and helicopters for relief and rescue operations. Indian Army and Indian Air Force troops have been kept ready in Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, and West Bengal. NDRF is deploying 41 teams in Andhra Pradesh, 28 in Odisha and five teams in West Bengal. There is about 45 personnel in a team of NDRF.

On the basis of the decision of the NCMC’s first meeting under the chairmanship of Cabinet Secretary PK Sinha, the Home Ministry said in a statement that the Central Government has already sanctioned Rs. 108 crore.

The IMD has advised fishermen not to go to the Bay of Bengal and deep sea areas of the Indian Ocean. The Indian Meteorological Department is issuing three-hour bulletin with the latest predictions of all the related states. The Home Ministry is in constant touch with the State Governments and the concerned central agencies.

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