The deep depression over east-central Bay of Bengal has intensified into a cyclonic storm and is likely to hit the Odisha-West Bengal coast on May 26 noon.
Cyclone Yaas Live Updates: The West Bengal government has begun evacuating people from low-lying areas of South 24 Parganas and East Midnapore districts after the India Meteorological Department predicted that cyclone “yash” which may turn out to be “very severe cyclonic storm”, will make landfall somewhere between Paradwip in Odisha and Sagar in South 24 Parganas on May 26 evening at a speed ranging between 155 km/hr and 165 km/hr.
Bhubaneswar: The deep depression over east-central Bay of Bengal has intensified into a cyclonic storm and is likely to hit the Odisha-West Bengal coast on May 26 noon.
“As per our earlier prediction, the deep depression has intensified into a cyclonic storm at 5.30 am today and it remained at about 540 south-southeast from Paradip and 650 km south-southeast from Balasore. The phenomenon was stationary in the last 6 hours,” weather expert Rajendra Jenamani said.
It will move in north-northwest direction and will intensify into a severe cyclonic storm by tomorrow (May 25) morning and a very severe cyclonic storm by May 26 morning, he said.
“As per our latest analysis, it is likely to reach the coast between North Odisha and West Bengal in west-north Bay of Bengal in the early morning on May 26 and make landfall at around noon on the same day,” he maintained.
According to the Regional Meteorological Centre in Alipore, the cyclone Yaas is 670 kms away from the coast of Digha in West Bengal and is expected to turn into a severe cyclonic storm by Monday night. The India Meteorological Department on Sunday said that Cyclone Yaas will lash Odisha and West Bengal with “highly damaging wind speed” and can be compared to the damage with the last Cyclone, Amphan.Here are the live updates for Cyclone Yaas:
– Union Home Minister Amit Shah is likely to hold a meeting via video conference on Monday with the chief ministers of Odisha, Andhra Pradesh, West Bengal and the Lieutenant Governor of Andaman and Nicobar Islands to review preparations in view of cyclone Yaas.
The IMD on Monday tweeted the course of Cyclone Yaas and said, “Depression over Eastcentral Bay of Bengal intensified into a Deep Depression and about 600 km north-northwest of Port Blair. To intensify into a Cyclonic Storm by 24th May morning and further into a Very Severe Cyclonic Storm during the subsequent 24 hours.”
Under its impact, light to moderate rainfall is likely to occur in coastal parts of Odisha like Khurdha and Puri districts on May 24 night while Kendrapara, Jagatsinghpur, Balasore, Bhadrak and Mayurbhanj district are likely to experience heavy downpour on May 25, he pointed out.
The early prediction on wind speed has remained unchanged in the latest analysis. The wind speed will remain 150-165 kmph gusting up to 185 kmph,
Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had said that she had “extensively reviewed the disaster management preparedness with regards to the impending Yaas cyclone with all senior officers of relevant Central and state agencies along with DMs & SPs.
– The NDRF has formed 46 teams equipped with boats, tree-cutters, telecom equipment etc in four coastal states /UT — West Bengal, Odisha, Andhra Pradesh, and — for relief and rescue operation. In addition, 13 teams are being airlifted for deployment on Sunday.
– The Railways cancelled two trains plying between Ranchi and Howrah and various trains running through Jharkhand, too, remain suspended between May 25 and May 26 as a preventive measure against Cyclone Yaas.
– Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday chaired a high-level meeting to review the preparedness of the state and central agencies to deal with the situation and called for a timely evacuation of those involved in offshore activities. The armed forces too are alert with the Navy putting on standby four warships and a number of aircraft. The Indian Air Force (IAF) has kept 11 transport aircraft and 25 helicopters ready to carry out humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations as part of preparations to deal with the situation arising out of Cyclone Yaas, officials said.