Odisha hospital names newborn ‘Lady Fani’ as cyclonic storm pounds state

A 32-year-old woman gave birth to a baby girl in a Railway Hospital at Mancheswar, barely five kilometres from Odisha’s capital, Bhubaneshwar today at 11:03 am. The baby has been named after the cyclonic storm Fani. The mother of the child is a railway employee, working as a helper at Coach Repair Workshop


An infant was born in an Odisha railway hospital as the disastrous storm made its way through the state on Friday, May 03. The very first name which struck the minds of the officials was to name the baby girl Lady Fani.

As the cyclone raged on outside, the doctors maintained their calm and composure to safely deliver the child. Both the mother and baby are fine, said the doctors.

The child, born to a 32-year-old railway employee working as a helper at the Coach Repair Workshop, Mancheswar, said officials of the Bhubaneswar-headquartered East Coast Railways (ECoR).


Packing heavy rain and winds with speeds of up to 175 kmph, Fani slammed into the Odisha coast Friday morning.

While speaking to the press, East Coast Railways spokesperson J Mishra, said, “The baby made landfall at 11.03. We are calling her Lady Fani as she was born when the hospital was hit. This was the mother’s first baby and both of them are doing fine. The hospital suffered some damage.”

He further added, “She was born as the cyclone wreaked havoc and it was raining heavily. The doctors kept their calm and delivered her.”

The word ‘Fani’ means a snake’s hood and it was suggested by Bangladesh, as per Mritunjay Mohapatra, additional director general of the IMD.