Cyclone Amphan to intensify over Bay of Bengal, Officials to shift migrants away from coastal areas.
We are in the midst of a battle against the Covid-19 pandemic, and here comes the CYCLONE AMPHAN ( PRONOUNCED AS UM-PUN ). After dormant for 2 days the cyclone Amphan over Bay Of Bengal has now intensified into a severe cyclonic storm, resulting in heavy rainfall with high velocity winds in many coastal districts of Odisha.
Depression over Southeast Bay of Bengal lay centred 1,040 km south of Paradip had risen into a cyclonic storm on Saturday evening and is very likely to escalate into super storm during the next 12 hours.
The cyclone amphan is expected with heavy rainfall in isolated places of districts of Gajapati, Ganjam, Puri, Jagatsinghpur and Kendrapara in Odhisa. Rainfall will start from May 18 evening. The state government has urged the Centre to suspend ‘Shramik Special’ trains via areas falling in the direction of the storm.
Amphan is likely to squall in between West Bengal’s Sagar Islands ( famous for crowded pilgrimage, every year) and Hatiya Islands in neighbouring Bangladesh during the afternoon or early evening of May 20 as a very severe rainstorm.
Due to this strong cloudburst, light to moderate rainfall or thundershowers are likely over the districts of coastal Odisha, Koraput and districts sharing borders with Odhisa.Cyclone Amphan may turn into exceptional over southern parts of central Bay of Bengal from Sunday night, over northern parts of central Bay of Bengal and adjoining north Bay of Bengal on May 19 and over north Bay of Bengal on May 20.
Seventeen teams of the National Disaster Response Force have been stationed in Odisha and West Bengal to deal with approaching Amphan. Normally, one team of NDRF consists of around 45 personnel.
These teams are deployed in six districts
South 24 Parganas,
North 24 Parganas,
West Midnapore, Howrah and Hooghly.
In Odisha, the available 10 teams have been stationed in districts of
Balasore and Mayurbhanj.
The IMD department Of Odhisa Government has predicted that approximately Six lakh lives in 649 villages near the sea coast are likely to be severely affected due to Cyclone Amphan.