Yaas can forgive Kolkata, land in Balasore | India News
Rain in Howrah before the Yaas super cyclone. (TOI photo used for representative purposes)
CALCUTTA / NEW DELHI: Cyclone Yaas, which is approaching Bengal and Odisha from the Bay of Bengal, is likely to save the southern coast of Bengal and hit the Balasore coast in Odisha, 240 km from Kolkata, on May 26 at noon with wind speed thunderous 155-165 km per hour, the Met department said Monday.
Minister of interior Amit shah reviewed cyclone readiness with senior ministers from Odisha, West Bengal and Andhra Pradesh and LG of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands and asked them to ensure power backup in all Covid-19 vaccine care centers, laboratories and cold chains, in addition to seeking the safety of around a dozen generation plants of oxygen that dot the east coast.
Shah also recommended that states ensure adequate stocks of all essential drugs and supplies in hospitals, taking into account the possible disruption of vehicle movement.
The Center has deployed 109 teams from the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) in five states / UT for evacuation and relief / rescue operations. On Monday, Yaas was just 610 km south-southeast of Digha. It is likely to transform into a ‘very severe’ cyclonic storm on Tuesday and hit the northwestern Bay of Bengal early May 26.