Puri: Globally-renowned sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik on Thursday urged the people of Odisha not to panic over cyclone ‘Fani’. He exhorted people to stay safe during the cyclone through a beautiful sand art at Puri’s Golden Beach.
Patnaik also shared a video featuring his sand art and urged people to stay safe and help each other during the cyclone.
— Sudarsan Pattnaik (@sudarsansand) May 2, 2019
Noteworthy, Cyclone Fani has intensified into an ‘Extremely Severe Cyclonic Storm’. It is expected to make landfall at Odisha coast near Puri on May 3 with a maximum sustained wind speed of 175-185 kmph gusting to 205 kmph.
Post-landfall, the cyclone is likely to pass through Khordha, Cuttack, Jajpur, Bhadrak and Balasore districts.
The India Meteorological Department has predicted heavy to very heavy rainfall in several coastal areas of the Odisha while giving a yellow warning to the coastal state.