Cyclone Yaas To Hit North Odisha By Noon, Bengal On High Alert: 10 Points

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Cyclone Yaas is the second to hit India this month – after Cyclone Tauktae hit Gujarat last week

New Delhi:
Cyclone Yaas is expected to make landfall – between Odisha’s Dhamra and Balasore – by noon, with winds of up to 140 km per hour and gusts of 155 km per hour. At 7.30 am it was about 45 km east of Dhamra and 50 km south-southeast of Balasore.

Here are the top 10 points in this big story:

  1. Cyclone Yaas has begun the landfall process, the India Meteorological Department said at 9 am. Visuals from Bengal’s Digha, Purba Medinipur and South 24 Paraganas districts showed strong winds and waves lashing the coast, and some coastal areas already flooded, with people wading through knee-deep water on roads along the sea front.

  2. Odisha’s Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapara, Bhadrak and Balasore districts are likely to be affected. In Bengal, West Midnapore, North and South 24 Parganas districts – and Kolkata – may experience stormy weather with wind speeds of up to 120 km per hour.

  3. Around 2.5 lakh people have been shifted from low-lying regions in Odisha. Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik held meetings Tuesday night to review preparations. Special Relief Commissioner PK Jena said arrangements – including supply of oxygen and electricity – have been made for Covid hospitals in vulnerable regions.

  4. Over 11.5 lakh people have been evacuated from places along the Bengal coast, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said Tuesday, adding that she would spend the following two nights at her office – ‘Nabanna‘ – to closely monitor the impact of the Yaas and subsequent relief efforts.

  5. Kolkata’s Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport will be closed till 7.45 pm, the Airports Authority of India said last night. The Biju Patnaik International Airport in Bhubaneswar has been closed till at least 5 am Thursday. The Veer Surendra Sai Airport in Odisha’s Jharsuguda is shut till 7.45 pm Thursday. The Durgapur and Rourkela airports will stay closed today.

  6. Indian Railways has announced the cancellation of at least 38 long-distance passenger trains headed to both Kolkata and southern states via to-be affected regions. These services will remain cancelled till Saturday, a Northeast Frontier Railways statement quoted by news agency ANI said. Passengers scheduled to travel on these trains will have ticket charges refunded.

  7. The Indian Navy – which played a critical role in search and rescue efforts after Tauktae swept past the west coast last week – has made similar arrangements ahead of Yaas’ landfall. A Navy statement said INS Chilka would co-ordinate rescue and relief ops, and work with state agencies. All naval efforts will be supported by Eastern Naval Command Headquarters in Visakhapatnam.

  8. The Army, meanwhile, has deployed 17 integrated relief columns in Bengal. Nine are in Kolkata and the rest are in Purulia, Birbhum, Bardhaman, Howrah, Hooghly, Nadia and North 24 Parganas districts of the state. The columns are equipped to undertake evacuations, offer medical treatment, clear roads and distribute relief material, and will work with the local administration.

  9. A record 115 National Disaster Response Force teams have been deployed. Visuals tweeted by agency chief SN Pradhan this morning showed NDRF teams already hard at work clearing roads of fallen branches or trees and evacuating people from coastal villages and towns.

  10. At least two people have died – they were electrocuted – and 80 houses have been damaged in Bengal’s Hooghly and North 24 Parganas districts due to strong winds and heavy rainfall on Tuesday.

With input from ANI, PTI



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