Cyclone Amphan intensifies; May cause extensive damage on Bengal coast during landfall, says govt

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Updated: May 18, 2020 8:53 PM

The IMD and Odisha government have warned fishermen have been advised not to go on fishing into the north bay of Bengal along and off the coasts of West Bengal-Odisha from May 18th to 21st. The fishermen who are at sea now have been told to return to the shore by May 17th.

Cyclone amphan track, cyclone amphan landfall, cyclone tracker, cyclone amphan live tracking, cyclone amphan tracker, cyclone alertThe IMD has also predicted the cyclone to move further in north-northeastwards. (Image: Reuters)

Cyclone Amphan intensified into a super cyclone! The Amphan cyclone has transformed into a super cyclone and will likely cause extensive damage in the coastal districts of West Bengal when it makes landfall on Wednesday, the government said.

The Amphan cyclone is expected to make landfall and hit the coast of West Bengal in the afternoon of May 20 as an extremely severe cyclonic storm with wind speeds ranging up to 195 kmph.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi reviewed the preparedness for the Amphan super cyclone on Monday as the Met Department said it would make landfall on May 20. The Prime Minister has directed that all necessary measures be taken to complete evacuation of people from areas in the cyclone’s path and maintain adequate quantities of essential supplies, PTI reported.

Cyclone Amphan tracker

The MHA has issued an advisory to the state governments of West Bengal and Odisha governments- only Indian states likely to be affected by the Amphan cyclone. The ministry has said that ‘Amphan’ has been spotted over the central parts of South Bay of Bengal along with the adjoining central Bay of Bengal. The cyclone has been moving northwards with a speed of up to 13 kmph in the last six hours and is likely to make a landfall at 0530hours IST on Monday, the ministry has said in its advisory.

Earlier, the Indian Meteorological Department had issued a strict warning over cyclone ‘Amphan.’ The weather department had said that a very severe cyclonic storm over central parts of South Bay of Bengal has moved north-northeastwards in the last 6 hours. The IMD too had alerted that the cyclone will intensify further into an extremely severe cyclonic storm around 0230 hrs today over the central parts of South Bay of Bengal along with adjoining the central Bay of Bengal.

The IMD has also predicted the cyclone to move further in north-northeastwards at a rapid pace across the northwest Bay of Bengal. The cyclone is likely to cross West Bengal and lay its landfall between Digha in West Bengal and Hatiya Islands in Bangladesh during the afternoon/evening of May 20 as a very severe cyclonic storm.

IMD warning for West Bengal: Storm surge of around 4-5 metres above astronomical tide is likely to inundate low lying areas of South and North 24 Parganas and 3-4 metres over the low lying areas of East Medinipur district of West Bengal during time of Cyclone Amphan landfall.

Cyclone Amphan alert

Odisha State Disaster Management Authority has issued “heavy to very heavy rainfall” alert for May 19, 8.30 AM to May 20, 8.30 AM. Districts such as Puri, Khurda, Cuttack heavy, Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapara, Jajpur, Bhadrak, Balasore, Mayurbhanj will be affected, as per local media report.

IMD Bhubaneswar has issued “heavy rainfall warnings” for Gajapati, Puri, Ganjam, Jagatsinghpur, and Kendrapara. “Tomorrow rainfall activity to increase in Balasore, Bhadrak, Jajapur, Mayurbhanj, Khurja, and Cuttack,” Director, IMD Bhubaneswar, was quoted as saying by ANI.

As per the latest information, Amphan has not changed its track and its Eye is noticeable. The impact of this super cyclone will be felt from May 19 afternoon to May 20 Wednesday, as per local media report. Areas like Balasore and Bhadrak will witness the maximum impact.

Meanwhile, the Odisha government has deferred the evaluation process of Odisha Matric and Plus-II answer sheets in view of super Cyclone Amphan, Minister Samir Dash was quoted as saying by local media.

Odisha Special Relief Commissioner Pradeep Kumar Jena said that the state is fully prepared to deal with any situation arising out of cyclone Amphan. Rapid response teams, fire teams, National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) have been moved to the districts which can be affected by Amphan, Jena said.

Odisha Special Relief Commissioner PK Jena has said that widespread rainfall is expected in coastal Odisha on May 19 i.e Tuesday. On May 20, there could be heavy to very heavy rainfall in northern districts of Odisha, with wind speed reaching up to 110 kmph in certain parts of Bhadrak, Kendrapara, and Jagatsinghpur, as per ANI report.

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued the ‘Heavy Rainfall’ warning for several districts of Odisha, West Bengal, Sub-Himalayan West Bengal, and Sikkim, and Assam and Meghalaya.

In seven districts of Odisha and six districts of West Bengal, a total of 37 NDRF teams have been deployed, of which 20 teams will be actively deployed by the end of this day and 17 teams are on standby, SN Pradhan, Director General of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) was quoted as saying by ANI.

When cyclone Amphan will hit the Indian coastline, heavy rain and high-velocity winds are likely to be seen in coastal Odisha and West Bengal.

The IMD and Odisha government have warned fishermen have been advised not to go on fishing into the north bay of Bengal along and off the coasts of West Bengal-Odisha from May 18th to 21st. The fishermen who are at sea now have been told to return to the shore by May 17.

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