Nearly 800,000 people in India's eastern coastal districts have been evacuated in the face of a major cyclone packing winds of up to 200 kilometres an hour, officials said on Thursday. Tropical Cyclone Fani, brewing in the Bay of Bengal some 450km offshore and moving westwards, is expected to make landfall on Friday afternoon near the Hindu holy town of Puri. A state relief department official told AFP news agency that 780,000 people were moved to safer places overnight from at least 13 districts of Odisha state that will bear the brunt of the powerful cyclone. "More people are being moved to safer places," an official from the department told AFP news agency on Thursday. Some 1,000 shelters have been set up in schools and government buildings to accommodate more than a million people. Published by: Aljazeera.com .