West Bengal evacuates people in coastal areas as Amphan intensifies

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KOLKATA: As cyclone Amphan intensified right into a super-cyclonic storm, the West Bengal authorities on Tuesday started evacuating individuals from the coastal belts in view of the robust winds and heavy rainfall which will devastate a big a part of the south Bengal districts.
Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has already directed the state disaster administration authorities to transport the evacuees to momentary cyclone centres for safety. Three coastal districts of East Midnapore, South 24-Parganas and North 24-Parganas are anticipated to be the worst affected in the cyclonic spell.
In addition to these three districts, cyclone Amphan can also be more likely to affect other south Bengal districts like Howrah, Hooghly, West Midnapore and Kolkata.
"Cyclone Amphan has intensified as an excellent cyclone. We expect this to make a landfall with devastating wind velocity within the coastal belts of Bay of Bengal - somewhere between Digha and Hatya Island in Bangladesh, situated close to Sundarbans," Met department official Sanjib Banerjee stated.
Based on Kolkata Met division sources cyclone Amphan is predicted to make a landfall in the state on Wednesday. Indian Meteorological Division (IMD) had already stated that Amphan (pronounced as UM-PUN) had already intensified into a particularly severe cyclonic storm overnight, which is coming at a velocity of 14 km/hour in the direction of the coastal belts of Bay of Bengal.
Presently, the cyclonic storm lays centred over west-central Bay of Bengal about 570-km almost south of Paradip in Odisha, 720-km south-west of Digha (West Bengal) and 840-km south-southwest of Khepupara in Bangladesh. It is anticipated to make a landfall someplace between West Bengal's Digha and Hatya Island in Bangladesh, sources stated. Part of it might also make a landfall somewhere between the Kakdwip and Sagar Island in the state's South 24-Parganas district at a minimal velocity of 155-165 km/hour (Maximum 185 km/hour).
In the meantime, a minimum of 12 Nationwide Disaster Response Pressure (NDRF) groups have been stored on stand-by because the cyclonic storm is more likely to hit a big a part of the coastal districts with "very heavy rainfall" on Wednesday evening. In addition to West Bengal, a warning has additionally been issued for Odisha, Sikkim and Meghalaya till Thursday.
Sources stated that at the very least seven NDRF teams have been deployed in six West Bengal districts, including East Midnapore, West Midnapore, South 24-Parganas, North 24-Parganas, Hooghly and Howrah.
Twenty four-hour management rooms have been opened in several districts to evaluation the state of affairs. A number of steps have been taken by the Kolkata Municipal Company (KMC) and the Kolkata Police to watch the state of affairs on an hourly foundation. A centralised control room has additionally been opened on the KMC, Arannya Bhavan and the state secretariat Nabanno to maintain an in depth watch on the state of affairs.
Earlier, Prime Minister Narendra Modi asked for an emergency meeting on Amphan on Monday night with representatives from West Bengal and its neighbouring Odisha. State forest minister Rajib Banerjee also referred to as for a gathering final night to evaluate all the measures taken to struggle the upcoming cyclone. State authorities sources stated that special preparations had been made by deploying specialised disaster management teams at Sagar Island and Kakdwip in South 24-Parganas district in Bengal.

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