Facebook activates ‘I am safe’ option as Cyclone Fani wreaks havoc in Odisha

Social Media News, Nation, (New Delhi), May 3:-Social networking giant Facebook has activated ”I am safe” to help its users know about the people in areas affected by severe cyclonic storm Fani, which made landfall in Odisha on Friday, throwing normal life out of gear.

”The ‘I am Safe’ option for Cyclone Fani has been activated by Facebook. This will help people to know about people in affected areas. Users may kindly use the feature which will prompt on the opening of the Facebook app,” the social networking platform said.

The ‘I am Safe’ option also appears on Facebook’s page dedicated to India which reads ”Tropical Cyclone Fani Across Eastern India.”

It asks a user to confirm if he or she is in Cyclone Fani affected areas.

The social networking platform did its bit to help people in the most hit areas after Cyclone Fani made landfall on the eastern coast wreaking havoc in Odisha on Friday. Despite extensive damage caused by near 200 kmph winds and heavy to very heavy rainfall, no loss of life has been reported so far.

Damaging houses, thousands of trees and electricity poles, uprooting trees, the eye of Fani almost 25 km in diametre is sending off wind velocity of 150 to 175 kmph and even above at some places touching 180 or more, said the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD).

The eye of the cyclone which was even an hour back party over the Bay of Bengal has completely moved inland.

The cyclone started crossing into the Odisha coast close to Puri between 8 AM and 10 AM on Friday. The process of landfall will continue till 1 PM.

The cyclone has completely thrown normal life out of gear with heavy to very heavy rains lashing the coastal districts since Thursday night.

The road network in several districts suffered extensive damage. The power distribution network has also been severely affected. Asbestos sheets of temporary housing facilities have been ripped off.

-(NAV, Inputs: Agencies)

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