Tropical Cyclone Fani – also known as Storm Fani – is set to make landfall India and Bangladesh in the next 24 hours, with the equivalent strength of at least a Category 4 hurricane. The storm system is expected to be one of the worst to hit in years, with tidal surges, flooding and winds of up to 155 mph. Hundreds of thousands of people have been evacuated from the region already and many more are being warned to stay away from the coast and be aware of flood risks.

Travel advice

This weather front is likely to have a massive and very damaging impact. Please prepare as best you can, and try to limit the demands you make on local resources and responders. Be prepared to help other as soon as it is safe to do so. 

If you are in the region – 

  • Monitor the local weather forecast. Use a couple of different apps and/or websites to get information from multiple sources.  
  • Look up and save contact details for your local embassy or consular services, and emergency services (different branches may have different numbers). For all contact information, make sure you make a note of it in an offline location too – you may need to make a call from a payphone or landline after your phone battery has died.
  • Make sure you have your travel insurance information to hand and know when to call. If you have booked your trip through a travel agent or a tour company, keep that information stored safely too. 
  • Stay indoors – damaged buildings continue to post a threat. Downed power lines can be deadly.
  • Let people know where you are – friends and family, the local consulate, your travel agent/tour company, etc.
  • If you are likely to be making a claim on your travel insurance, review the documents so you know what information you will need and what the process for making a claim is.
  • Monitor local media.
  • Keep mobile devices charged. 
  • Put aside a storm kit to help you wait out the worst of the weather. Include food that will not spoil and bottled drinking water, candles and matches, a first aid kit, medication, torch, phone charge, batteries, cash.
  • Know what form evacuation notices will take – siren, police announcement, text message, etc – and be prepared to comply with them. Put together a grab bag that contains ID, travel documents, insurance information, medication, snacks and a bottle of water. 
  • Comply with advice from the local authorities. 
  • Be prepared for delays and disruption.
  • If something bad happens, check in with your local embassy as soon as it is safe to do so. 

If you are heading to the region soon – 

  • Check in with your airline and travel agent to find out if your trip will be impacted. 
  • Monitor media reports.
  • Talk to your travel insurance provider to check what is/is not covered, and plan accordingly. 

Official travel advice

From the UK’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Storm Fani, an extremely severe cyclone, is forecast to make landfall in Odisha, northeast India and then weaken across West Bengal and Bangladesh (fringing Dhaka) over the weekend of 3 May 2019. You should monitor weather updates from the Bangladesh Meteorological Department and international forecasts. Follow the advice of local authorities and tour operators. See our Tropical cyclones page for advice on what to do if you’re caught up in a storm.

Please click through here for the rest of the advisory, including contact information.

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