NEW DELHI: Cyclone ‘
‘ intensified into an extremely severe storm on Monday over the Bay of Bengal and is likely to make a landfall somewhere between Digha in West Bengal and Hatiya Islands in Bangladesh on Wednesday. Bracing for heavy rains coupled with high-velocity winds, coastal Odisha has prepared for the possible evacuation of 11 lakh people.
Here are the highlights:—* PM Narendra Modi is scheduled 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 cyclone situation in parts of the country.
* On Monday India Meteorological Department (
) issued heavy rainfall warning for Odisha, West Bengal, sub-Himalayan West Bengal, Sikkim, Assam and Meghalaya till May 21 in the light of extremely severe cyclonic storm.
* The extremely severe cyclonic storm ‘Amphan’, moving with a speed of 13 kmph over west-central and adjoining central parts of south Bay of Bengal, is likely to gain more strength and intensify further into a super cyclonic storm in the next 12 hours, as per the IMD.
* Amphan lays centred around 790 km south of Paradip in Odisha, 940 km south-southwest of Digha in West Bengal and 1060 km south-southwest of Khepupara in Bangladesh, said H R Biswas, Director of the Meteorological Centre, Bhubaneswar.
* It is very likely to move north-northeastwards across northwest Bay of Bengal and cross West Bengal Bangladesh coasts between Digha in West Bengal and Hatiya Islands in Bangladesh during the afternoon or evening of May 20 as a very severe cyclonic storm with a maximum sustained wind speed of 155-165 kmph gusting to 185 kmph, he said.
* IMD Director General Mrutyunjay Mohapatra said that northern parts of Odisha are likely to be more affected due to the cyclone.
* The system is very likely to lose some power as it approaches landfall.
* The Indian Coast Guard (ICG) has also prepared itself for maritime search and rescue operations.
ODISHA* Coastal districts in Odisha like Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapara, Bhadrak and Balasore are likely to experience heavy rainfall accompanied by high-velocity winds, particularly on May 19 and 20. Some regions are likely to experience light to moderate rainfall from the evening of May 18.
* Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik has directed officials to prepare a plan for relocating people living in vulnerable areas to safer places along with an early restoration of affected road communication, drinking water supply, electricity, infrastructure and power supply to hospitals.
* National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) director general S N Pradhan said 10 teams have been sent to seven distric