Cyclone ‘Amphan’, which originated in the Bay of Bengal, has now taken the form of a ‘super cyclone’, increasing the chances of destruction in the coastal areas of West Bengal and Odisha many times. The Indian Meteorological Department issued a bulletin on Monday evening, describing the current status of the amphan about 730 km south of Paradip in Odisha and 890 km south-southwest from Digha in Bengal and moving north for some more time and then north-north. It is predicted to turn east.
The Super Cyclone is expected to make landfall in the afternoon or evening of May 20 near the Sundarbans area of Bengal.
At that time its speed can be up to 165-175 kmph, which is also expected to increase to 185 kmph. Its effect in Jagannath Puri started showing itself from Monday. The strong winds blowing there have lifted the flag on the top of Jagannath temple. From 2.30 pm on Sunday night, ‘Amphan’ started taking the form of a very powerful cyclonic storm (super cyclone) . In view of this, high alert has already been declared in Bengal and Odisha. 17 teams of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) have been sent from the Center to both the states.
The super cyclone storm will move from north to north-east direction on 20 May and will pass between Sagar Island in Bengal and Hatia Island in Bangladesh. The cyclone will have the greatest impact on the coastal areas of North Odisha. As the storm moves towards land, the ocean will start to stir. The Bengal and Odisha administrations have made arrangements to remove people living in their maritime areas to safe places.
Relief camps have been opened following physical distance in this regard. Fishermen have been strictly advised not to go to sea. Apart from the capital Kolkata in Bengal, Howrah, Hooghly, North and South 24 Parganas and East and West Medinipur are the districts which may be most affected by the cyclonic storm.
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Super cyclone ‘Amphan’ came in odisha in 1999
Earlier in the country, the super cyclone came in Odisha in 1999, in which about 10,000 people died. It was declared a national disaster by the Indian government. ‘Bhola’, which hit East Pakistan (now Bangladesh) and West Bengal on 3 November 1970, is considered to be the most severe cyclonic storm ever, killing at least half a million people. At that time the wind was blowing at a speed of 240 kilometers per hour.
Amphun will landfall near Sundarbans
Das reports that the emphon will landfall around the Sundarbans. This will have a huge impact on the state. North and South 24 Parganas and East Medinipur will be the most affected districts. North 24 Parganas can carry winds up to 150 km / h. Similarly, wind speed is expected at 70 to 90 km per hour in Kolkata, Howrah and Hooghly and 40 to 60 km in western districts of the state. Kolkata, Howrah, Hooghly, and South 24 Parganas, East Medinipur districts may receive heavy to very heavy rainfall.
50,000-60,000 people have to be evacuated ‘
Director of Meteorological Center, Bhubaneswar, H.R. “As cyclonic storm ‘Amphan’ intensifies, the districts along the coast are expected to receive heavy to very heavy rainfall with strong winds tomorrow. All necessary warnings and advisories have been issued. The Chief Secretary of Odisha said, ‘We have to evacuate about 50,000-60,000 people. 1000 personnel of Odisha Disaster Rapid Action Force have been deployed. CM reviewed the situation and coordination among various departments. ‘
Central government is keeping an eye
At the same time, Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla has also spoken to the Chief Secretaries of West Bengal and Odisha. He told the West Bengal government that as per his request, 13 teams of NDRF have already been deployed in the state, 4 teams are on the way and 4 teams are on standby. In addition, sufficient number of Army, Air Force, Navy and Coast Guard teams have been put on alert to deal with any contingency and to provide assistance to the State Government.
PM Modi took stock of preparations
In addition, Prime Minister Narendra Modi chaired a high-level meeting this evening to review the situation arising out of ‘Amphan’. On behalf of the PMO, it was said that Prime Minister Modi reviewed the preparations made by the National Disaster Response Force, the arrangements for evacuating people to safe places. During the review, the Prime Minister was told that 25 teams of NDRF have been deployed for cyclone Amfan, 12 others have been kept ready. The PM assured all possible central assistance to the states affected by the cyclone. The Prime Minister was accompanied by Home Minister Amit Shah, senior Government of India officials, IMD, National Disaster Management Authority and NDRF officials.
Amfan can hit the West Bengal coast as a cyclonic storm reaching the afternoon of May 20 with a speed of 195 kilometers per hour. The cyclone is expected to cause widespread damage in coastal districts of West Bengal. East Medinipur, South and North 24 Parganas, Howrah, Hooghly and Kolkata in West Bengal are expected to be badly affected.