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Cyclone Yaas makes landfall: main news | India News

NEW DELHI: Cyclone Yass’s landfall process began around 9 am Wednesday between Dhamra and Balasore in Odisha.
Cyclone Yaas had already caused two deaths and damage to homes as heavy rains hit the states of Odisha and West Bengal before the storm began to make landfall in the late morning.
The “very severe cyclonic storm” has sustained winds of 130-140 kilometers (up to 87 miles) per hour and gusts of up to 155 kph (97 mph), the Indian Meteorological Department said. With the storm now almost completely on land, the winds are expected to weaken Wednesday night.
Here’s a look at the main developments.

  • The Indian Army, in coordination with the West Bengal government, has placed rescue and relief columns in the areas of the Odisha-West Bengal coast that are expected to be affected by the cyclone.
  • The Bihar government deployed 22 NDRF and SDRF teams in districts adjacent to Jharkhand and West Bengal.
  • Yaas effect can be witnessed in Katihar, Khagaria, Madhepura, Saharsa, Supaul, Nawada, Lakhisarai, Aurangabad, Patna, Bhojpur, Buxar, Vaishali districts. Officials believe that Yaas’ impact in southern and central Bihar will be greater compared to northern Bihar.
  • The IAF airlifted 102 passengers and 4.5 tons of cargo from Arakonnam to Kalaikunda to assist the NDRF. The operation was carried out with one C-130 and two An-32 aircraft. Another C-130 airlifted 62 passengers and 6.8 tons of cargo from Lilabari to Calcutta. In addition, two IAF An-32 aircraft have been deployed to carry 41 passengers and 4 tons of cargo from Lilabari to Panagarh.
  • Cyclone Yass’s landfall process began around 9 am Wednesday between Dhamra and Balasore in Odisha. “The landing process started around 9 o’clock and is expected to continue for 3-4 hours. It is expected that around 1 pm, the end of the cyclone will also be fully moving towards land mass. It is making landfall between Dhamra and Balasore, “said Odisha Special Aid Commissioner PK Jena.
  • Andhra Pradesh’s Srikakulam district administration has alerted all coastal villages to be careful and vigilant. Officials from the Srikakulam district, bordering Odisha, are taking precautions to deal with any eventuality.
  • West Bengal’s CM Mamata Banerjee said that 15 lakhs of people have been evacuated so far.
  • Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport canceled a total of six flights to eastern India following threats from Cyclone Yaas. These include cancellations of three inbound and three outbound flights between Mumbai and Bhubaneshwar and Kolkata.

(With inputs from agencies)

Times of India