Amphan Cyclone: Orange-Yellow Alert Issued For Coastal West Bengal and Odisha

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Cyclone Amfan, which has hit the Bay of Bengal, has now turned into a super cyclone and is now moving towards West Bengal and Odisha with high speed. The Meteorological Department estimates that the super cyclone may cause havoc by reaching the boom. Its seriousness can be gauged from the fact that Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a high-level meeting with the Ministry of Home Affairs and NDMA on Monday evening. During this, preparations were taken to deal with the super cyclone. Seeing the seriousness of the situation in West Bengal and Odisha, the Home Secretary spoke to the Chief Secretaries of both the states.

Director General of the India Meteorological Department (IMD) Mrityunjay Mohapatra said that the powerful cyclonic storm Amfan emerged in the Bay of Bengal and will cause massive destrictution to the coastal districts of West Bengal and Odisha. He said Amfan is the second super cyclone (cyclonic storm) in Odisha after the storm in 1999. The Super Cyclone of 1999 killed more than 9 thousand people. He said that Cyclone Amfan, which spans 700 kilometers and has a height of about 15 kilometers, is moving at a speed of 220 to 230 kilometers per hour in its center. Moving rapidly northwards, it is centered 600 km south of Paradip in Odisha, 750 km south-southwest of Digha in West Bengal, and about 1000 km south-southwest from Khepura in Bangladesh.

The Super Cyclone is expected to collide on May 20 between Digha Island near Sunderbans and Hatia Island in Bangladesh. The Meteorological Department has issued an Orange Alert for coastal West Bengal and Odisha, where it is expected to cause heavy losses.

Rain will start from May 19 in the coastal districts of West Bengal like South and North Parganas, West and East Medinipur, Hooghly, Howrah, and Kolkata. The Meteorological Department’s DG said that the storm will have more effect in East Midnapore, South and North 24 Parganas, Howrah, Hooghly, and Kolkata areas in West Bengal. At the same time, the cyclone is facing more danger in Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapada, Bhadrak and Balasore districts in Odisha. It has been decided to stop rail and road transport in the coastal areas of both states till 20 May.

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