Kolkata and its suburbs are expected to witness strong winds on Tuesday, while heavy rain is likely to occur in the coastal districts of West Bengal due to cyclonic storm ‘Mora’, said MeT Department’s A K Sen. The cyclone, at present, is over East Central Bay and adjoining Northeast Bay, he said adding that it is gradually moving north-eastwards. Asked about forecast about the cyclone, the scientist told news agency ANI that it may hit the Bangladesh coast on Tuesday morning or afternoon. As far as India is concerned, the MeT Department does not find any danger due to the cyclone in India. Mora is likely to remain confined to Bangladesh, said Sen. He, however, said that north-eastern states will need to be watched.
Meanwhile, taking note of the forecast, Fishermen along and off the coast of West Bengal are advised not to venture into the sea on Tuesday and Wednesday, as wind speed may 45-55 km per hour, reported news agency PTI. To ensure all precautions against the cyclone are taken, the Indian Meteorological Department has issued a warning to the state Disaster Management Authority that ‘Mora’ will hit several states in the northeast including Assam, Meghalaya, Tripura, Mizoram, Manipur, Nagaland, Arunachal Pradesh and West Bengal. In the wake of it, the Meghalaya government has issued a warning of strong winds and heavy rainfall, saying that the cyclonic storm may make landfall in the Northeast region in the next 48 hours, PTI report added.
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The state government has informed people about the possibility of heavy rainfall and advised them to take precautions and other preventive measures. According to an official, a government response team has also been activated in case of any emergency. The Mizoram government has also issued a warning to the people in the state. In an official statement, the state government has advised the people to take preventive measures as the cyclone could trigger massive landslides and flash floods in the region, PTI reported.