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The Yaas cyclone will intensify and become a “very severe cyclonic storm” in the next 12 hours: main news | India News


NEW DELHI: The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) predicted on Tuesday that Cyclonic Storm Yaas will intensify into a “very severe cyclonic storm” in the next 12 hours.
Here’s a look at the main developments.

  • The severe cyclonic storm over the east-central Bay of Bengal moved north-northwest with a speed of approximately 9 km / h during the last six hours and centered at 9 UTC on May 24 over the center- east of the Bay of Bengal, IMD said.
  • The cyclone is very likely to move to the north-northwest and further intensify into a very severe cyclonic storm over the next 12 hours.
  • It would continue to move to the north-northwest, intensify further and reach the northwest of the Bay of Bengal near the coasts of North Odisha and West Bengal early in the morning of May 26, according to the meteorological agency.
  • The cyclone is most likely to cross the northern coasts of Odisha-West Bengal between Paradip and Sagar Island around Balasore, during noon on May 26 as a “very severe cyclonic storm”.
  • The maximum sustained wind speed is 55 knots with gusts of 65 knots around the center of the system. The state of the sea is rough to very rough.
  • The Odisha Government on Monday it assigned high-risk districts to senior officers to oversee relief, rehabilitation and restoration work in the wake of the severe cyclonic storm ‘Yaas’ which is expected to hit the coasts of Odisha and West Bengal on May 26.
  • The Calcutta high court reported on Monday that it canceled the hearing on all the matters listed for May 26 and 27, in light of the warning issued by IMD for the cyclonic storm.
  • Cyclone ‘Yaas’ is likely to affect three northeastern states, Assam, Meghalaya and Sikkim, causing moderate to heavy rains from May 26 to 27, IMD officials said Monday.
  • The Ministry of Oil and Natural Gas (PNG) conducted a full assessment of various oil and gas facilities, ships, docks, etc. in the area and, learning from recent experience, has taken all precautionary measures to ensure minimal damage.
  • Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has urged people living in the coastal regions of Odisha to cooperate with the local administration and move to cyclone shelters. The CM also asked them to adhere to the Covid-19 protocols and wear two masks.
  • Earlier on Monday, the Union Interior Minister Amit Shah reviewed the preparations with the top ministers of Odisha, West Bengal and Andhra Pradesh, together with the deputy governor of the island of Andaman and Nicobar.
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi also chaired a high-level meeting on Sunday to review the readiness of states and central ministries and agencies that will address the situation arising from the cyclonic storm.

(With contributions from agencies)

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