The National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) 2019 has been postponed in Odisha due to cyclone ‘Fani’, the HRD Ministry announced on May 4, Saturday.
“#NEET exam scheduled for 5th May in Odisha postponed as per the request of State Govt working on relief and rehabilitation work in the wake of #FaniCyclone. Revised dates for the exam in Odisha will be announced soon,” HRD Secretary R Subramanyam tweeted.
#NEET exam scheduled for 5th May in Odisha postponed as per the request of State Govt working on relief and rehabilitation work in the wake of #FaniCyclone. Revised dates for the exam in Odisha will be announced soon. @DG_NTA @PrakashJavdekar @CMO_Odisha
— R. Subrahmanyam (@subrahyd) May 4, 2019
The extremely severe cyclonic storm blew away roofs of houses in Odisha before weakening and entering West Bengal. The death toll due to the calamity, stood at 12, Saturday, May 4 afternoon.
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik had said, “a record 1.2 million people were evacuated in 24 hours” claiming to have carried out the “biggest human evacuation in history”. Cyclone Fani was one of the rarest summer cyclones, the Chief Minister said in a press release adding that it was the first one in 43 years to hit Odisha and one of the three to hit in the last 150 years.
“I would like to thank all the volunteers, PRI members, officials, and staff who have worked tirelessly and selflessly to get around 1.2 million people to safety. “Lakhs of trees were uprooted, blocking roads, breaking homes and damaging public infrastructure. In Puri district and parts of Khurda, electricity infrastructure has been totally devastated and we have the challenge of having to set up the entire electrification afresh,” Patnaik said.
Preliminary reports suggest kuccha houses have been completely destroyed in Puri, parts of Khurda and other districts.