Cyclonic storm Amphan intensifies into 'Severe' form; Odisha all set to face

Cyclonic storm Amphan intensifies into 'Severe' form; Odisha all set to face

Cyclonic storm Amphan intensifies into 'Severe' form; Odisha all set to face

Fishermen have been advised not to venture into the west-central BoB off the north Andhra Pradesh coast on the 18th and into the north BoB along and off the Odisha-West Bengal coasts from 18th May 2020 onwards.

Cyclone "Amphan", according to an IMD report on early Sunday, is developing into a severe cyclonic storm in the Bay of Bengal and can become a very severe cyclonic storm potentially in the next 24 hours, he said.

It will then move "fast across northwest Bay of Bengal and cross WB-Bangladesh coasts between Digha and Hatiya Islands during the afternoon/evening May 20 as a very severe cyclonic storm". "We should put our best efforts to save every precious human life", Patnaik told top officials and collectors of the 12 districts, which are put on alert following the IMDs forecast.

Twelve coastal districts - Ganjam, Gajapti, Puri, Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapara, Bhadrak, Balasore, Mayurbhanj, Jajpur, Cuttack, Khurda and Nayagarh- are on high alert.

While arrangements have been made to shift around 11 lakh people from vulnerable areas to safe places, the number of people to be evacuated and places where such operation is required will be decided at the right time, Jena said. "We can also handle the challenge now".

On the other hand, Odisha is all set to face the possible cyclone.

The system of the storm is now located 1250 kilometers off the coast of Odisha in South India by now and it is expected that the speed of winds of this system could increase up to 95 kilometers per hour. It will gradually increase thereafter along and off the West Bengal coast.

During the meeting, officers of the concerned state governments confirmed their preparedness to deal with any emerging situation arising out of the cyclonic storm.

Health and Family Welfare Department has taken preparedness measures.

Following the IMD warning, the National Crisis Management Committee (NCMC) on Saturday reviewed the situation in West Bengal and Odisha and directed immediate assistance to the two states. "They are either deployed or moving towards the destination", he said.

"The Deputy Commissioners of all the coastal districts have already been instructed to prepare the cyclone shelters for affected people", he said at a press conference organized by the ministry at his office on Sunday.

The government has also suspended leave of all government employees in 12 coastal districts.

"Most of the coastal districts of Odisha also likely to experience rainfall with few places likely to see heavy to very heavy rain on May 19", he added.

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