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After landfall on Friday, Fani is very likely to continue to move north-northeastwards, weaken gradually and enter West Bengal as a severe cyclonic storm with the wind speed going up to 115 kmph.

According to Special Relief Commissioner Bishnupada Sethi, while the evacuation exercise continued on Thursday, the administration made people in coastal areas aware of the risks, through loudspeakers, sirens and messages.

Flight operations from the Biju Patnaik International Airport in Bhubaneswar will remain suspended from Thursday night for 24 hours. Educational institutions in the coastal districts were closed till further orders.

As many as 25 teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and Odisha Disaster Rapid Action Force (ODRAF), along with State fire service personnel, have been deployed in the coastal districts. Defence forces were on high alert to meet any eventuality.

Around 10,000 villages spread over 14 districts, such as Ganjam, Gajapati, Puri, Khurda, Nayagarh, Cuttack, Dhenkanal, Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapara, Jajpur, Keonjhar, Bhadrak, Balasore and Mayurbhanj are likely to be affected.

The West Bengal government on Thursday advanced the summer holidays for all its State-run schools.

Fani’s impact is likely to be felt in the disctricts of Purba and Paschim Medinipur, North and South 24 Parganas and Kolkata.

The Kolkata Port Trust said, in a statement, that shipping to the port will remain suspended for now.

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