After Tauktae, India Prepares for Cyclone Yaas on the East Coast | India News
CALCUTTA / BHUBANESWAR / NEW DELHI: India was transporting relief and rescue teams by air and was keeping defense aircraft and naval vessels ready as it prepared to cyclone ‘Yaas’, which is expected to reach the eastern coastal areas of Odisha and west Bengal on Wednesday, just a week after the cyclone ‘Tauktae‘struck the west coast leaving behind a trail of destruction.
The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) said on Sunday that the cyclone is likely to make landfall on May 26 at night between Paradip in Odisha and the Sagar Islands in West Bengal after intensifying into a ‘very severe cyclonic storm’ ‘with a wind speed of 155 km / h to 165 km / h. km / h, gusts up to 185 km / h. It will begin to bring heavy rains to coastal areas from Tuesday.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi chaired a high-level meeting on Sunday to review the readiness of the state and central agencies to deal with the situation and called for a timely evacuation of those involved in offshore activities.
The armed forces are also on the alert with the Navy putting four warships and several aircraft on hold. The Indian Air Force (IAF) has kept 11 transport aircraft and 25 helicopters ready to carry out humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations as part of preparations to deal with the situation arising from Cyclone Yaasofficials said.
The IAF airlifted 21 tons of relief materials and 334 National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) personnel to Kolkata and Port Blair from three different locations on Sunday as the government launched a series of measures to address the looming cyclone. is brewing in the Bay of Bengal. they said.
The Indian Navy had said that eight flood relief teams and four diving teams are located in Odisha and West Bengal to augment existing resources. Four warships with humanitarian assistance, relief materials and medical equipment have been put on hold.
“Naval aircraft stand ready at INS Dega naval air stations in Visakhapatnam and INS Rajali near Chennai to conduct an aerial reconnaissance of affected areas, evacuation of casualties and airdrop of relief material as needed,” he said. the Navy in a statement Saturday.
The West Bengal government previously said that it has taken all precautionary measures and that Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will remain in a designated control room for the purpose of monitoring the situation.
Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Saturday reviewed the state’s readiness and called on officials to evacuate people from low-lying areas.
The state government has put 14 districts on alert, including Balasore, Bhadrak, Kendrapara and Jagatsinghpur.
The IMD said an area of low pressure in the Bay of Bengal has turned into a depression that will further intensify into a cyclonic storm on Monday.
“It is very likely that (the depression) will move north-northwest and intensify into a cyclonic storm on May 24 in the morning and further into a very severe cyclonic storm during the next 24 hours.
“It will continue to move north-northwest, intensify further and reach the northwest of the Bay of Bengal near the coasts of West Bengal and north of Odisha on the morning of May 26,” said the Cyclone Warning Division of the IM D.
“It is very likely that it will cross northern Odisha-West Bengal between the Paradip and Sagar islands on the night of May 26 as a very severe cyclonic storm,” he added.
In West Bengal, the coastal districts of East and West Midnapore, South and North 24 Parganas, together with Howrah and Hooghly will experience light to moderate rains in most places with heavy to very heavy downpours in one or two places starting at 25 of May.
On May 26, the extent and intensity of the rain will increase with the possibility of “extremely heavy rains” in Jhargram, East and West Midnapore, North and South 24 Parganas, Howrah, Hooghly and Kolkata, said Sanjib Bandopadhyay, deputy director of the Center. Regional Met in Kolkata.
“There will be heavy to very heavy rains in Nadia, East and West Bardhaman, Bankura, Purulia and Birbhum,” he said.
Heavy rains will also occur in Murshidabad, Malda and Dakshin Dinajpur state districts, he said.
Bandopadhyay said heavy rain is likely in the sub-Himalayan and western districts of the state on May 27.
Odisha would experience light to moderate rains in many places with heavy rainfall in the northern coastal districts starting May 25, the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) said.
Heavy to very heavy rains are likely to occur in some parts of the state with extremely heavy rains in districts such as Balasore, Bhadrak, Kendrapara, Mayurbhanj on May 26, he said.
It is very likely that as of May 24 at night a wind speed will prevail that reaches between 40 and 50 km per hour with gusts of up to 60 km / h over the north of the Bay of Bengal and along and in front of the coasts of Odisha, West Bengal and Bangladesh, he said.
The wind speed will gradually increase thereafter, reaching 90 to 100 km / h with gusts of 110 km / h in the afternoon of May 26, Bandyopadhyay said.
“It will increase from 155 to 165 km / h when it crosses the coast on May 26 at night,” said the deputy director.
Light to moderate rains will be experienced across most of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, with heavy to very heavy rains in isolated locations on May 24, IMD said.
Tidal waves 1 to 2 meters high are very likely to flood the low-lying areas of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands on May 24, he said.
Sea conditions will be high to very high in the north of the Bay of Bengal along and off the coast of West Bengal-Odisha-Bangladesh from May 24 to 26 and fishermen have been warned not to go into the sea.
Prime Minister Modi called on officials to work closely with states to ensure the safe evacuation of people from high-risk areas and highlighted the need to ensure that the duration of power outages and the communications network is minimal and these links are quickly restored, said a statement issued by the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO).
Modi also called on officials to ensure proper coordination and planning with states to ensure there are no interruptions in the treatment of COVID-19 patients in hospitals and vaccination against the viral disease.
He called for involving various stakeholders, such as coastal communities and industries, by reaching out directly to them, the PMO said.
Cyclone Tauktae killed more than 100 people and damaged thousands of houses in Gujarat, Goa, Maharashtra, Karnataka and Kerala. Additionally, at least 70 people have died after a barge sank in the Arabian Sea during the storm.