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Cyclone Yaas hits Odisha and Bengal, leaves a trail of destruction | India News


BALASORE / KOLKATA / RANCHI: Cyclone Yaas, with winds of up to 130-145 km / h, hit the country’s eastern coasts on Wednesday, dumping heavy rains, damaging houses and farmland, and leaving at least four people dead – three in Odisha and one in Bengal – authorities said. Thick layers of rain clouded the vast coastline when the cyclone made landfall around 9 am near the port of Dhamra in Odisha, with a surge of waters flooding the mud and straw houses in the low-lying areas where it has been carried out. a mass evacuation campaign moving more than 20 lakh people to safety.
The storm, which had weakened during the afternoon, had left coastal states nervous, and the Bengal government claimed that at least a million people have been affected by the calamity so far, as it screamed on its destructive path to Jharkhand. .
Seawater flooded several villages in the Bahanaga and Remuna blocks in Balasore district, and Dhamra and Basudevpur in Bhadrak district, said Odisha Special Aid Commissioner PK Jena.
The administration, with the help of the locals, is taking steps to drain the saline water from the villages, Jena explained.
Heavy rains in Similipal National Park in Mayurbhanj district sparked fears of a flash flood on the Budhabalang River. In the afternoon, the water level in the river stood at 21 meters compared to the danger level of 27 meters, the special relief commissioner said.
Local sources said two people died, one in Keonjhar and Balasore, after trees fell on them, but there was no official confirmation yet.
Another elderly woman from Mayurbhanj reportedly died after her house collapsed. Power line restoration work has started at various locations in Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapara and Jajpur districts after the cables broke, Jena said, adding that the storm will likely move to Jharkhand at midnight. Odisha has moved 5.8 lakh people to safer locations, and West Bengal 15 lakh, ahead of the cyclone, amid concerns about the spread of Covid-19 infection in temporary shelters.
Bengal’s chief minister has called her state the “worst hit”, noting that three lakh houses and 134 embankments have been damaged due to the cyclone.
He also said that one person, who was rescued initially, died “accidentally” later. Banerjee further stated that relief materials worth Rs 10 million have been sent to the affected areas.
The picturesque town of Digha in East Midnapore, which shares a border with Odisha’s Balasore district, was flooded, and the army was called in for rescue operations, a defense officer.
The army has deployed 17 columns in West Bengal to assist the administration, the defense official said.
The Army rescue operation was also underway at Orphuli in Howrah district, he said.

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