Cyclone Yaas is likely to make landfall near Dhamra Port in Odisha's Bhadrak district on Wednesday, 26 May, the India Meteorological Department has said.
It has intensified into a 'very severe cyclonic storm', and is likely to wreak maximum damage at Bhadrak's Chandrabali, IMD Director General Mrutyunjay Mohapatra was quoted as saying by news agency PTI.
“Wind speeds will increase to 155-165 kmph, gusting to 185 kmph, over northwest Bay of Bengal, along and off north Odisha and adjoining West Bengal coasts during landfall,” the IMD said.
Flight operations at Kolkata airport will be suspended from 8:30 am till 7:45 pm on 26 May. Meanwhile, the Bhubaneswar airport will remain shut till 5 am on Thursday, the Airports Authority of India said.
- More than 9 lakh people have been evacuated in West Bengal, CM Mamata Banerjee said
- In Odisha, more than 3 lakh people have been evacuated from low-lying, vulnerable areas
- The Indian Army has deployed 17 integrated relief columns, comprising specialised personnel with necessary equipment and inflatable boats, in West Bengal
- West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee said she will be at the secretariat on Tuesday night to monitor the situation
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CI Bhogapuram, SIs Marine Station, Bhogapuram, Pusapatirega and PSI Bhogapuram were present. Teams of Police, APSP and other Departnments, have also reportedly been deployed across the coastal villages.
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