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Super Cyclone AMPHAN is likely to make landfall between Digha (West Bengal) and Hatiya Islands (Bangladesh) close to Sundarbans as an Extremely Severe Cyclonic Storm with maximum sustained wind 165-175 kmph gusting to 195 kmph in the afternoon/evening of 20th May, said IMD
The Indian Meteorological Department has predicted a violent storm to hit the Indian coast in West Bengal on Wednesday. According to the prediction, the cyclone could bring heavy rains and high-velocity winds to coastal West Bengal and Odisha. The department has urged people to stay indoors. Wind speeds are expected to be of 75 kph and gusts of 195 kph which will make Amphan one of the biggest storms which will hit the low lying areas of Bengal by tomorrow.
Union Minister Amit Shah had a word with West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik to discuss the preparedness for the violent storm soon to hit the coastal areas. The centre offered support to the states to deal with the situation. PM Narendra Modi had attended a meeting where other Ministers were also present to consider the response measures and precautions to be taken to mild the affect of the storm.
'Reviewed the preparedness regarding the situation due to cyclone 'Amphan.' The response measures, as well as evacuation plans, were discussed. I pray for everyone's safety and assure all possible support from the Central Government,' PM Modi tweeted after the meeting.
The department has warned the states as it can wreak havoc and cause extensive damage to infrastructure. According to the India Meteorological Department, a storm surge of a height of about four-six metres above the astronomical tide would inundate the low-lying coastal areas of South and North 24 Parganas, and three-four metres in East Medinipur at the time of landfall on May 20.
The department has listed some districts which will be most affected by the cyclone. These include East Medinipur, South Parganas, North, 24 Parganas, Howrah, Hooghly, Kolkata. In the state of Odisha, worst affected districts are likely to be Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapada, Bhadrak, Balasore.
The preparatory measures are being taken place as the Navy has deployed helicopters and ships across the border to carry out sudden evacuation measures. 53 teams have been deployed over the sites by the National Disaster Response Force. Extensive damage to kutcha houses and uprooting of communication and power pools could be the outcome of the vicious cyclone. It could lead to disruption of road and rail link, the department has warned people of flying objects.
#SuperCycloneAmphan about 120 km east of Paradip (Odisha) at 10:30 am. To cross West Bengal-Bangladesh coasts between Digha (West Bengal) and Hatiya Islands (Bangladesh) close to Sunderbans. Landfall process to commence from the afternoon: India Meteorological Department (IMD) pic.twitter.com/MAwVsOVVuA— ANI (@ANI) May 20, 2020
Super Cyclone Amphan about 120 km east of Paradip (Odisha) at 10:30 am. To cross West Bengal-Bangladesh coasts between Digha (West Bengal) and Hatiya Islands (Bangladesh) close to Sunderbans. Landfall process to commence from the afternoon: India Meteorological Department (IMD).