West Bengal, Odisha on high alert as cyclone Amphan intensifies

West Bengal, Odisha on high alert as cyclone Amphan intesifies

YDNews| Cyclone Amphan

The Amphan cyclone storm over central parts of South Bay of Bengal has intensified itself into an extremely severe cyclonic storm, the Indian Meteorological Department reportedly said on Monday.

As it has intensified itself, there are high chances of heavy rainfall. And that will be coupled with high-velocity winds in coastal districts of Odisha and parts of West Bengal.

“IMD has issued an alert for cyclone Amphan

IMD has issued an alert for cyclone to coastal districts of Odisha and parts of West Bengal. On May 20, the cyclone Amphan is expected to cross the coasts of Bangladesh and West Bengal.

“The Very Severe Cyclonic Storm ‘Amphan’ over central parts of South Bay of Bengal moved north-northeastwards with a speed of 13 kmph during past six hours, intensified into an Extremely Severe Cyclonic Storm and lay centred at 0230 hrs IST of today, the 18th May, 2020 over central parts of South Bay of Bengal and adjoining central Bay of Bengal near latitude 12.9°N and longitude 86.4°E, about 820 km nearly south of Paradip (Odisha), 980 km south-southwest of Digha (West Bengal) and 1090 km south-southwest of Khepupara (Bangladesh),” the weather office said in its update on Monday morning.

It is also expected to move towards north-northeastwards. And move fast across the northwest Bay of Bengal and cross Bangladesh and West Bengal coasts during the evening of May 20.

“Fisherman have been advised not to come out in North Bay of Bengal and off West Bengal-Odisha coasts”

Also, the fishermen have been advised not to come out in North Bay of Bengal and off West Bengal-Odisha coasts from May 18 to May 21. And, those who were out in the sea were asked to return by May 17. Other than this, NDRF teams were deployed in West Bengal and Odisha. The teams said that they were ready for mass evacuation of 11 lakh people. Those, who are likely to be affected by this storm.

As per the reports, Ganjam, Gajapti, Puri, Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapara, Bhadrak, Balasore, Mayurbhanj, Jajpur, Cuttack, Khurda and Nayagarh districts of Odisha are on high alert. Home Secretary of West Bengal said that the state was ready to deal with the situation.


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