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According to Indian Met Department AMPHAN Super Cyclone to intensify further in next 24 hours over parts of South Bay of Bengal. In view of situation, PM Modi has called a High-Level Meeting with MHA & NDMA at 4PM Today. PM Narendra Modi to chair a high-level meeting with the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) and National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) today at 4 PM, to review the arising AMPHAN cyclone situation in parts of the country.
According to IMD forecast the Extremely Severe Cyclonic Amphan over west-central and adjoining central parts of South Bay of Bengal has moved north-north westwards with a speed of 8 kmph during past 06 hours and lay centred at 0830 hrs IST of today. VSCS ‘AMPHAN’ over central parts of South BoB near latitude 12.0°N and longitude 86.0°E, about 930 km south of Paradip (Odisha). The Super storm Cyclone to intensify further into an ESCS during next 24 hours, said IMD in its tweet. The storm Cyclone is expected to cross West Bengal, Bangladesh coasts between Digha (WB) & Hatiya in evening of 20th May as VSCS.
The Extremely Severe Cyclonic Storm AMPHAN over central parts of South Bay of Bengal and adjoining central Bay of Bengal
Those living in coastal areas will have to brace up for heavy rain and high-velocity winds, the weather office has said. The high-velocity winds may cause damage to houses, crops, plantations and orchards, and power infrastructure, the IMD has said, adding that rail traffic may be affected. Only special trains are allowed to run during the lockdown.
Two states- Bengal and Odisha - have been alerted over the storm, which is expected to make a landfall in Bengal on Wednesday. The Extremely Severe Cyclonic Storm 'AMPHAN' (pronounced as UM-PUN) intensified into Super Cyclonic Storm at 1130 IST of today, the 18th May, 2020, the India Meteorological Department tweeted in Monday afternoon. Very heavy rainfall, sand storm are also predicted likely in, Sikkim, Assam and Meghalaya till Wednesday, apart from Odisha and Bengal, the IMD said in a statement.
In some parts of West Bengal landfall / landslide may occur.
Super Cyclonic Storm ‘AMPHAN’ (pronounced as UM-PUN) : 18th May 2020 (1130 to 1157 IST). pic.twitter.com/7kkrjGiMOd— India Met. Dept. (@Indiametdept) May 18, 2020
West Bengal Home Secretary Alapan Bandopdhyay said that the state is prepared to deal with the situation. Disaster management teams were dispatched to cyclone shelters in the coastal areas and other places for rescue and relief operations where social distancing norms would be strictly followed
Seventeen teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) are on duty in Odisha and Bengal. Seven teams have been deployed in six districts of Bengal and 10 teams are on duty in Odisha. Each team has 45 members.
Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has directed the officials concerned to prepare a plan for relocating people living in vulnerable areas to safer places along with an early restoration of water supply and power infrastructure.
Odisha is prepared t.o evacuate over 1 million people, according to the state officials.
Twelve coastal districts - Ganjam, Gajapti, Puri, Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapara, Bhadrak, Balasore, Mayurbhanj, Jajpur, Cuttack, Khurda and Nayagarh - are under a close watch.
Fishermen have been asked not to venture into coastal areas till Wednesday.