Cyclonic storm ‘Amfan‘ can take a violent turn till evening and on Wednesday it can hit the West Bengal and Bangladesh coast with winds blowing at a velocity of 185 km per hour.
The Ministry of Home Affairs, in a deliberation circulated to the governments of West Bengal and Odisha, said that ‘Amfan’ now exists over the middle parts of the Bay of South Bengal and over the adjoining Central Bay of Bengal.
It disclosed that it has been moving north at a speed of 13 kilometres per hour for the last six hours. Quoting the bulletin of the India Meteorological Department, a Home Ministry official said that the cyclone is currently over the west-central and central parts adjoining the Bay of South Bengal which is about 790 km south of Paradip (Odisha), Digha (west) Bengal) is 940 kilometres south-southwest and 1060 kilometres south-southwest from Khepupara (Bangladesh).
The official said that it will probably move in a north-northeast direction near the Bay of Northwest Bengal and during the afternoon or evening on May 20 as a severe thunderstorm, between Hatia Island in Bangladesh and Digha in West Bengal, West Bengal and Bangladesh Will pass through the coast. During this time, winds will move at a step of 155-165 kmph, which can catch a rush of 185 kmph anytime.
PM Modi’s meeting
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is holding a high-level meeting to review the situation arising out of ‘Amfan’. Home Minister Amit Shah, Home Ministry, NDMA and NDRF officials are present in this meeting.
The meteorological department said that due to the cyclone, heavy rain along with strong winds will occur in the coastal Odisha and Gangetic region in West Bengal. While the Odisha government is preparing to evacuate 11 lakh people living in sensitive areas, the West Bengal government has announced a warning for the beachfront districts and has sent relief duos.
There will be rain in these places in Odisha
Light to moderate rains may occur at many places in coastal Odisha while coastal districts of Odisha like Gajapati, Ganjam, Puri, Jagatsinghpur and Kendrapada may receive heavy rains at some places. Odisha’s Special Relief Commissioner PK Jena said that the District Magistrates of Ganjam, Gajapati, Puri, Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapada, Bhadrak, Balasore, Mayurbhanj, Jajpur, Cuttack, Khurda and Nayagarh are ready to evacuate people from sensitive areas if needed Have asked
Tempest in Bengal
GK Das, director of the Regional Meteorological Center in Kolkata, said that due to the impact of the cyclone, there may be light to moderate rain at many places on May 19 in the coastal districts of West Bengal including North and South 24 Parganas, East and West Midnapore, Howrah and Hooghly. Whereas in some remote areas, heavy rains are expected.
A senior official said that relief materials, dry fruits and trampolines have been sent to the coastal areas. The official said, “We are taking all kinds of steps to deal with any kind of emergency. Special control rooms have been set up and teams from the state disaster management force have been deployed. We are also making announcements through public address systems. “