Tropical Cyclone Yaas May 26 Highlights: Jharkhand remains on high alert as Yaas likely to hit state by midnight; over 10,000 people evacuated

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Updated: May 26, 2021 10:01:46 pm

Yaas Cyclone Current Location Live, Weather Forecast Today, Super Cyclone Yaas Landfall in Odisha, West Bengal (WB), Andhra Pradesh May 26 Highlights: Cyclone Yaas completes the process of landfall, rains to continue till tomorrow; Barricades blown away, shops, boats damaged in Odisha's Bhadrak; 1 crore affected in Bengal; Rescue and restoration work underway in cyclone-hit Odisha, West Bengal; Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik announces 7-day relief for 128 cyclone-hit villages

Cyclone Yaas Live Update, Super Cyclone Yaas Tracker Live, Cyclone Yaas Landfall LiveA priest carries an idol of Lord Jagannath from a seafront temple to a safer place ahead of Cyclone Yaas in Odisha's Balasore. (Reuters photo)

Super Cyclone Yaas Live Location, Tropical Cyclone Yaas Landfall Update Live: Cyclone Yaas, which has been categorised as the ‘very severe cyclonic storm’, hit the Odisha coast today morning. The IMD says that the landfall process began sometime around 9 and hit the Dhamra port in Bhadrak district. The latest updates say that the landfall process is over and now the storm will weaken further. Over 10 lakh people have been relocated to storm shelters in Odisha and West Bengal. While other states such as Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Andaman and Nicobar islands have also put a contingency plan in action, it is Odisha that was the centre of the devastating storm. In terms of severity, it may be slightly lower than Cyclone Tauktae, but the IMD says that it will take at least another 24 hours before Cyclone Yaas degenerates. NDRF has deployed teams in the states with the armed forces also on standby. Odisha Home Minister is currently in Balasore. Kolkata Airport is completely shut, so are all major ports in both states. In times of Covid, it would be a challenge for the local officials to maintain pandemic protocols in the storm shelters. As India witnesses the second storm of 2021, here are the latest, verified updates from Odisha, Bengal and adjoining areas:

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    21:53 (IST)26 May 2021
    Cyclone Yaas Live Tracker: Jharkhand remains on high alert; over 10,000 people evacuated

    Jharkhand remains on high alert and has evacuated over 10,000 people to safer zones while operation is still on amid forecast that cyclone 'Yaas' would be hitting the state by midnight after pounding neighbouring Odisha and West Bengal, officials said Wednesday. The state has imposed complete lockdown in some parts to prevent people from venturing out in view of prediction of severe cyclonic storm battering the state. Cyclone Yaas, packing winds of up to 130-145 kmph, whiplashed the country's eastern coasts on Wednesday, dumping heavy rain, damaging houses and farmlands, and leaving at least four persons dead - three in Odisha and one in Bengal. Operations are being executed on a war-footing in the vulnerable areas in East and West Singhbhum, besides some other districts due to cyclonic storm Yaas, Disaster Management Secretary Amitabh Kaushal told PTI. "We have evacuated 9,502 persons so far from the 306 sites and the evacuation operations are on. A total of 848 of our villages are impacted by it. (PTI)

    20:51 (IST)26 May 2021
    Cyclone Yaas Live Tracker: Shankarpur village in East Midnapore inundated due to cyclone Yaas — WATCH VIDEO

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    20:50 (IST)26 May 2021
    Cyclone Yaas Live Tracker: Two casualties reported from Balasore, Keonjhar districts

    Two casualties reported from Balasore & Keonjhar districts. Balasore & Bhadrak are the most affected districts. By tomorrow morning will know the extent of damage to power infrastructure. Supply of drinking water has resumed through tankers etc: Odisha Special Relief Commissioner (ANI)

    20:49 (IST)26 May 2021
    Cyclone Yaas Live Tracker: Trees uprooted, roads flooded; people living in darkness as Yaas batters Odisha

    Trees and electric poles were uprooted, low-lying areas inundated while kutcha houses were badly damaged as Cyclone Yaas left a trail of destruction in Odisha's coastal districts of Balasore and Bhadrak on Wednesday. Residents of several parts of the two districts, which bore the brunt of the 'very severe cyclonic storm', are staying without power since Tuesday night while many people have been evacuated to safer places by the government. The cyclone which hit the coast north of Dhamra in Bhadrak district and 50 km south of Balasore, close to Bahanaga block, around 9 am, also blown away roofs of many kutcha houses in the districts. Officials are yet to assess the damages caused by the storm in the two districts but said that it appears that devastations have been less than previously feared. "There has been a lot of damage here.  Many trees and electric poles have been uprooted and there was very heavy rainfall," Sritam Mahajan, a resident of Soro town in Balasore district, told PTI over the phone. (PTI)

    20:17 (IST)26 May 2021
    Cyclone Yaas Live Tracker: Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik announces 7-day relief for 128 cyclone-hit villages

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    19:54 (IST)26 May 2021
    Cyclone Yaas Live Tracker: Bhubaneswar airport starts flight operation

    Biju Patnaik International Airport, Bhubaneswar became operational for flights from 7:00 pm on today. Earlier, it was to be shut till 5 am on May 27 due to cyclone Yaas: Director, Bhubaneswar Airport (ANI)

    19:08 (IST)26 May 2021
    Cyclone Yaas Live Tracker: Restoration work underway at Dhamra

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    18:54 (IST)26 May 2021
    Cyclone Yaas Live Tracker: Restoration work in full swing by East Coast Railway after Cyclone

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    18:33 (IST)26 May 2021
    Cyclone Yaas Live Tracker: Indian Army rescues locals from waterlogged areas in Talgachari

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    18:20 (IST)26 May 2021
    Cyclone Yaas Live Tracker: Cyclone Yaas Live Tracker: NDRF rescued 3 people from drowning in Satilpur village

    West Bengal: NDRF says it rescued three people from drowning in the lake in Satilpur village of East Medinipur district during super cyclone Yaas yesterday (ANI)

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    18:18 (IST)26 May 2021
    Cyclone Yaas Live Tracker: IMD DG gives more updates on Cyclone Yaas

    • A&N Islands, Odisha & West Bengal were much-affected places due to Cyclone Yaas. It'll have impact on Jharkhand today & tomorrow. Odisha recorded highest rainfall & sea waves of 2-4 m high were recorded in North Odisha & adjoining districts of WB: IMD DG, Mrutyunjay Mohapatra
    • We recorded huge rainfall in Yaas cyclone. Storm surge of 2-4m is estimated in Midnapore, Balasore & Badhrak dists. In Gulf of Khambhat starting from Diu 3-4m high Storm surge is predicted. The track length of Tautae was 1800km while cyclone Yaas' track length is 1000 km: IMD DG (ANI)

    18:12 (IST)26 May 2021
    Cyclone Yaas Live Tracker: Tidal water enters into Haldia dock; assets safe

    The cyclone Yaas has put the Kolkata port authorities on tenterhooks for some time as the rising water of the Hooghly river surpassed the height of the external lock gate of its Haldia Dock System, leading the draught level to go up to around eight metres on Wednesday, an official said. However, water entered into the lock barrel  the area between external and internal lock gates  for not more than 30 minutes and no damage was done to ships or assets of the Haldia Dock system in Purba Medinipur district, port chairman Vinit Kumar said. Lock gates help Haldia dock to maintain the required draught level at berths. Being a riverine port, the level of draught (the depth of water required to float a ship) is very crucial for ships coming in and going out of the facility. Kumar, who was in Kolkata, and Union Shipping Minister Mansukh Mandaviya from Delhi were monitoring the cyclone situation to ensure that prompt action is taken in case of any eventuality, officials said. "The situation is well under control. All ships and equipment assets are secured. There is no casualty. Water seeped into the barrel and the tide led the draught to rise to eight meters while the height of the lock gate is seven meters," Kumar said. (PTI)

    18:10 (IST)26 May 2021
    Cyclone Yaas Live Tracker: Rain pounds coastal districts of Odisha

    Coastal districts of Odisha received very to extremely heavy rainfall as cyclone 'Yaas' battered the region, the meteorological department said on Wednesday. Chandbali in Bhadrak district recorded rainfall of 288.3 mm over the past 24 hours, followed by Rajkanika in Kendrapara (251 mm), the Bhubaneswar Meteorological Centre said. Nawana in Mayurbhanj district received 210.4 mm rainfall, Binjharpur in Jajpur (206 mm), Paradip in Jagatsinghpur (200.3 mm) and Astaranga in Puri (180 mm), it said. The districts of Dhenkanal, Angul, Deogarh and Sundargarh received moderate rain, while the average precipitation in Keonjhar district was 44.7 mm, the department said. Odisha's Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) P K Jena said of the state's 314 blocks, 36 received rainfall between 110 mm and 304 mm, while 37 other blocks recorded 50-100 mm rainfall. The IMD has issued a red warning for nine districts that are expected to receive downpour in the next 24 hours. (PTI)

    17:41 (IST)26 May 2021
    Cyclone Yaas Live Tracker: Rescue operations by Indian Army at Talgachari East Midnapore — WATCH VIDEO

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    17:31 (IST)26 May 2021
    Cyclone Yaas Live Tracker: Heavy rain damages Jamujhadi Road in Bhadrak--WATCH VIDEO

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    17:29 (IST)26 May 2021
    Cyclone Yaas Live Tracker: Odisha Special Relief Commissioner gives updates on Cyclone Yaas

    • Cyclone Yaas has completed the landfall process. it started around 9 am & around 1 pm information received from Collector Balasore as well as Bhadrak that wind has subsided in all the coastal zones: Pradeep K Jena, Odisha Special Relief Commissioner
    • Wind velocity has substantially come down in Balasore & northwest of Balasore Now, wind velocity is increasing towards Nilagiri & then towards Mayurbhanj. There has been extensive rainfall in last 24 hrs: Pradeep K Jena
    • Now, rainfall is continuing in pockets in Nilagiri area of Balasore. Highest rainfall recorded was 304mm in Similipal area. We expect some bit of flash floods which may not be major. Collector Mayurbhanj started evacuation from areas adjacent to Budhabalanga river: Pradeep K Jena
    • As per lastest report, they've already evacuated more than 1.05 lakh people & it's going on. We're keeping a close watch on wind velocity & damage in Mayurbhanj. We've seen large-scale uprooting of trees. Roads are being cleared continuously: Pradeep K Jena
    • There's not been much damage to electrical infrastructure in Jajpur, Kendrapara & Jagatsinghpur districts. The restoration process started & the electricity dept also started safety checks of feeders. Adequate teams are available on the field for road clearance & restoration: Pradeep K Jena (ANI)

    17:23 (IST)26 May 2021
    Cyclone Yaas Live Tracker: Sea water inundates residential areas in coastal Bengal as cyclone 'Yaas' unleashes fury

    Several roads adjoining the sea beaches in Bengal's Digha lay inundated, with some people seen wading through chest-deep water, as the tourist town and its adjoining places bore the brunt of Cyclone 'Yaas', which made its landfall in neighbouring Odisha on Wednesday morning. Many areas in Purba Medinipur, of which Digha is a part, and South 24 Parganas were whiplashed by heavy rain, which accompanied the cyclonic storm. Security personnel have been deployed at all vulnerable locations in the state to help and rescue people caught in the storm, a senior police officer said. (PTI)

    17:01 (IST)26 May 2021
    Cyclone Yaas Live Tracker: In view of Cyclone Yaas, Indian Railways cancels more train services

    Cancellation of more passenger train services: Passengers are advised to check with railway authorities before commencing a train journey. Due to cyclone Yaas, several passenger train services have been cancelled by Indian Railways. Recently, many zonal railways including the South Eastern Railway zone, Eastern Railway zone had cancelled passengers trains as a precautionary measure against the cyclonic storm. In addition to these train services, the Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) zone has also temporarily suspended some more trains in view of impending cyclone Yaas. READ MORE

    16:46 (IST)26 May 2021
    Cyclone Yaas Live Tracker: One crore people affected, says Bengal CM

    At least one crore people were affected and three lakh houses damaged in West Bengal due to the rough weather conditions arising out of cyclone 'Yaas', Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said on Wednesday. One person died "accidentally" when he had gone out fishing, she said. Cautioning people that high tide in seas, caused by the storm surge, would persist, Banerjee claimed that Bengal happens to be the "most-affected state". (PTI)

    16:15 (IST)26 May 2021
    Cyclone Yaas Live Tracker: Storm Landfall over

    Cyclone Yaas has complete the process of landfall. Rainfall will continue till tomorrow. Fishermen are advised not to venture till tomorrow morning because the sea condition going to be rough: Umashankar Das, Senior Scientist, Meteorological Centre Bhubaneswar - ANI

    16:09 (IST)26 May 2021
    Cyclone Yaas Live Tracker: Storm leaves trail of destruction in Odisha's Bhadrak

    • Boats and shops damaged after landfall of Cyclone Yaas in Odisha. Check posts barricades blown away with the wind at Udaipur near the West Bengal-Odisha border.
    • Heavy rain damages Jamujhadi Road in Bhadrak district. Road restoration work is underway. -  ANI

    15:35 (IST)26 May 2021
    Cyclone Yaas Live Tracker: Storm impact in Bangladesh

    Weather officials in Bangladesh said the storm was likely to swamp low-lying areas of 14 coastal districts, bringing tides three feet to four feet (0.91 m to 1.22 m) higher than normal, and advised fishing boats and trawlers to stay in shelter. - Reuters

    15:13 (IST)26 May 2021
    Cyclone Yaas Live Tracker: Three lakh houses have suffered damage in Bengal, says Mamata Banerjee

    • We have sent relief worth Rs 1 crore to areas affected by cyclone and high tide: Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee.
    • Will visit areas affected by cyclone and high tide in Purba Medinipur, South and North 24 Parganas on Friday
    • Three lakh houses have suffered damage in Bengal due to rough weather condition arising out of cyclone 'Yaas'
    • Over 15 lakh people evacuated, moved to safety
    • At least one crore people in Bengal affected by rough weather conditions, high tide arising out of Cyclone 'Yaas' - PTI

    14:51 (IST)26 May 2021
    Cyclone Yaas Live Tracker: Sigh of relief, storm has weakend

    The IMD says that the storm has weakened and is centred near Balasore.

    14:10 (IST)26 May 2021
    Cyclone Yaas Live Tracker: 10 moved to safety by rescue team in Odisha after boat capsizes in river

    The NDRF, together with the district administration of Jagatsinghpur in Odisha, has rescued 10 people from a river after their boat capsized, amid rough weather conditions under the influence of cyclone 'Yaas'. In a video tweeted by the Jagatsinghpur district collector, rescue personnel on Tuesday night can be seen holding on to an inflatable boat as people disembarked. "Fantastic work by NDRF and BDO, Erasama during #CycloneYaas rescuing 10 people in the late night from a river after their boat capsized," the Jagatsinghpur district collector Sangram K Mohapatra tweeted on Wednesday. - PTI

    13:35 (IST)26 May 2021
    Cyclone Yaas Live Tracker: 'Yaas' inundates large parts of Bengal's coastal districts

    • Rising river water levels due to the landfall of cyclone 'Yaas' have inundated large parts of West Bengal's coastal districts of Purba Medinipur and South 24 Parganas on Wednesday, as sea waves were seen touching coconut tree-tops and cars floating in floodwaters.
    • The seaside towns of Digha and Mandarmoni in Purba Medinipur and Fraserganj and Gosaba in South 24 Parganas were among the areas affected by a storm surge of more than 2 metres above the astronomical tide level.
    • The surging waters have breached embankments at several places in the two coastal districts, inundating many villages and small towns, officials said. Water levels of several rivers including Bidyadhari, Hooghly and Rupnarayan have risen owing to 'Yaas' and accompanying storm surge. - PTI

    13:32 (IST)26 May 2021
    Cyclone Yaas Live Tracker: High alert in Jharkhand, evacuation on amid cyclone threat

    Jharkhand, which was put on high alert, continued evacuating low-lying areas on Wednesday amid the forecast that cyclone Yaas would be hitting the state by midnight after pounding neighbouring Odisha and West Bengal, officials said. Operations are being executed on war-footing in the vulnerable areas in East and West Singhbhum, besides some other districts, in view of the very severe cyclonic storm Yaas, Disaster Management Secretary Amitabh Kaushal said. - PTI

    13:26 (IST)26 May 2021
    Cyclone Yaas Live Tracker: Heavy rainfall lashes Jharkhand

    Jharkhand: Ranchi experiences a change in weather in wake of Cyclone Yaas. As per IMD, the state will receive heavy to very heavy rainfall today & tomorrow with extremely heavy rainfall in isolated places. - ANI

    13:11 (IST)26 May 2021
    Cyclone Yaas Live Tracker: All trains have been cancelled, says Eastern Railways

    We've established dedicated round-the-clock control rooms. All trains have been cancelled. Sufficient storage of oxygen has been done for Covid patients. We've also positioned our diesel locomotives in case of overhead wiring failure. Manoj Joshi, GM, Eastern Railway - ANI

    13:10 (IST)26 May 2021
    Cyclone Yaas Live Tracker: IMD gives latest position of storm

    • Cyclone Yaas crossed north Odisha coast about 20 km south of Balasore from 10:30 am to 11:30 am today with wind speed of 130-140 kmph gusting to 155 kmph. It then moved northwestwards & lay centred at 11:30 am over north coastal Odisha about 15 km south-southwest of Balasore: IMD
    • It is likely to move north-northwestwards and weaken gradually into a severe cyclonic storm during next 3 hours and into cyclonic storm during subsequent 6 hours: India Meteorological Department (IMD)

    12:00 (IST)26 May 2021
    Cyclone Yaas Live Tracker: Asia's largest disaster management NGO on people with special needs

    "Millions of people, in the path of Cyclone Yass as it barrels towards Odisha and West Bengal. These include coastal and river-side communities living in immediately floodable areas and vulnerable houses, as well as marginal families living in slums and shanties that are expected to have severe impacts.  It is a matter of serious concern that these regions are still struggling with high numbers of Covid patients, and safe evacuation and sheltering are very complex in this situation. Governments have set a goal of zero casualty, and civil society organisations like us are aligning efforts to ensure support to vulnerable communities.  Given the scale of the cyclone, we need to be conscious of a sizable number of people with special needs who may get impacted besides Covid patients, including pregnant women, infants, persons with disabilities and those out of work and resources due to the lockdowns. At SEEDS we are supporting local communities to interpret the warnings in their own hyper-local contexts, and to take appropriate action. We are also pre-positioning our supply lines to extend relief support if required, anywhere", said Dr Anshu Sharma, Co-founder, SEEDS.

    11:39 (IST)26 May 2021
    Cyclone Yaas Tracker Live: Mumbai to Bhubaneswar, Mumbai to Kolkata flights cancelled

    Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport (CSMIA) has witnessed the cancellation of flights between Mumbai to Bhubaneswar and Kolkata. Approx 6 flights have been cancelled so far. Flights to other regions continue to operate on schedule: Mumbai Airport PRO - ANI

    11:28 (IST)26 May 2021
    Cyclone Yaas Tracker Live: Storm impacts Covid vaccination drive in Odisha

    Cyclones in the Bay of Bengal are common at this time of year, and often roar ashore, causing deaths and destruction in coastal areas of both India and Bangladesh. A devastating second wave of coronavirus infections complicated storm preparations. Officials in Odisha said they had suspended testing, vaccination and door-to-door health survey in the three districts that lay directly in the storm's path. - Reuters

    11:15 (IST)26 May 2021
    Cyclone Yaas Tracker Live: Indian Army's Eastern Command working closely with Bengal govt

    The Eastern Command of the Indian Army, on requisition, is also working in coordination with the West Bengal government and has deployed a total of 17 cyclone relief columns, comprising specialised army personnel with associated equipment and inflatable boats. - PTI

    11:12 (IST)26 May 2021
    Cyclone Yaas Tracker Live: What's the full moon connection?

    Five sub-divisions and blocks of West Bengal and four of Odisha are expected to be inundated with the most inundation in Bhadrak district of up to 9 km inland. The reason behind such a high storm surge is also partially due to full-moon activity, according to Met department officials.

    10:48 (IST)26 May 2021
    Cyclone Yaas Tracker Live: Intense convective cloud mass has already entered Odisha coast, says IMD

    Intense convective cloud mass has already entered Odisha coast. Artea of most intense convection is seen in the southwest sector, says IMD

    10:29 (IST)26 May 2021
    Cyclone Yaas Tracker Live: Storm centered 30 km south-southeast of Balasore, tweets IMD

    Landfall process is continuing. It will take around 3 hours to complete. 30 km south-southeast of Balasore at 0930 hours IST, tweets IMD.

    09:51 (IST)26 May 2021
    Cyclone Yaas Tracker Live: Storm landfall process to continue for next 3-4 hours

    Landfall of cyclone Yaas began at 9 am near Dhamra port in Odisha's Bhadrak district, to continue for 3-4 hours: Official - PTI

    09:43 (IST)26 May 2021
    Cyclone Yaas Tracker Live: Traffic badly hit in Kolkata

    Due to bad weather following flyovers are closed to traffic 1. Garden Reach flyover 2. Taratala flyover 3. Park Street flyover 4. Ultadanga flyover 5. Chingrighata flyover 6. Gariahat flyover 7. AJC Bose flyover 8. Maa flyover, tweets Kolkata Traffic Police.

    09:42 (IST)26 May 2021
    Cyclone Yaas Tracker Live: Kolkata Police issues helpline numbers
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