Cyclone Amphan intensifies into a ‘supercyclonic storm’


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NEW DELHI: With the cyclone Amphan over Bay of Bengal intensifying into a ‘tremendous cyclonic storm’, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday reviewed response preparedness in addition to evacuation plans of disaster management authorities forward of its landfall near Sundarbans on Wednesday afternoon-evening.
The super cyclonic storm state of affairs, anticipated to have windspeeds of 230-240 kmph gusting to 265 kmph, will remain till Tuesday evening, bringing heavy rainfall to coastal Odisha and West Bengal. Any cyclone with windspeeds of over 220 kmph is categorised as ‘super cyclonic storm’.
“Amphan will cross West Bengal – Bangladesh coasts between Digha (West Bengal) and Hatiya Islands (Bangladesh) near Sundarbans on Wednesday as an ‘extraordinarily extreme cyclonic storm’ with most sustained wind velocity of 165-175 kmph gusting to 195 kmph,” stated Mrutyunjay Mohapatra, director basic of the India Meteorological Department (IMD).
Mohapatra advised TOI that although its extreme damaging impression can be felt in east and west Medinipur, different districts reminiscent of Kolkata, Hoogli, Howrah and north & south 24 Parganas may also be severely affected on account of windspeed of over 120 kmph and heavy rainfall.
“We now have been monitoring the state of affairs and sending alerts round-the-clock,” stated the IMD chief.
The IMD in its latest bulletin on Monday stated that the storm surge of about 4-5 metres above astronomical tide is more likely to inundate low lying areas of south & north 24 Parganas and about 3-Four metres over the low lying areas of East Medinipur District of West Bengal in the course of the time of landfall.
It stated, “Amphan will cause heavy to extraordinarily heavy rainfall over Gangetic West Bengal and heavy to very heavy rainfall over north coastal Odisha on Tuesday and Wednesday”.
In Odisha, the damaging influence of Amphan shall be felt in Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapara, Bhadrak, Balasore and Mayurbhanj districts on Wednesday. “Squally windspeeds reaching 55-65 kmph gusting to 75 kmph more likely to prevail over Puri, Khordha, Cuttack, Jajpur districts of Odisha on Wednesday,” stated the IMD.
While updating him about these alerts, the Prime Minister was also informed in the course of the evaluate meeting that the Nationwide Disaster Response Pressure (NDRF) has deployed its 25 groups on the bottom whereas 12 others are prepared in reserve. Apart from, 24 different NDRF teams are also on standby in several elements of the nation.
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