Fishermen take away their boats to safer locations in Puri on Monday (TOI picture)
NEW DELHI: With the cyclone Amphan over Bay of Bengal intensifying right into a ‘tremendous cyclonic storm’, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday reviewed response preparedness in addition to evacuation plans of catastrophe administration authorities forward of its landfall near Sundarbans on Wednesday afternoon-evening.
The tremendous cyclonic storm scenario, anticipated to have windspeeds of 230-240 kmph gusting to 265 kmph, will stay until Tuesday night, bringing heavy rainfall to coastal Odisha and West Bengal. Any cyclone with windspeeds of over 220 kmph is categorised as ‘tremendous cyclonic storm’.
“Amphan will cross West Bengal – Bangladesh coasts between Digha (West Bengal) and Hatiya Islands (Bangladesh) near Sundarbans on Wednesday as an ‘extraordinarily extreme cyclonic storm’ with most sustained wind velocity of 165-175 kmph gusting to 195 kmph,” mentioned Mrutyunjay Mohapatra, director common of the India Meteorological Division (IMD).
Mohapatra informed TOI that although its excessive damaging influence could be felt in east and west Medinipur, different districts comparable to Kolkata, Hoogli, Howrah and north & south 24 Parganas will even be severely affected resulting from windspeed of over 120 kmph and heavy rainfall.
“Now we have been monitoring the scenario and sending alerts round the clock,” mentioned the IMD chief.
The IMD in its newest bulletin on Monday mentioned that the storm surge of about 4-5 metres above astronomical tide is prone to inundate low mendacity areas of south & north 24 Parganas and about 3-Four metres over the low mendacity areas of East Medinipur District of West Bengal through the time of landfall.
It mentioned, “Amphan will trigger heavy to extraordinarily heavy rainfall over Gangetic West Bengal and heavy to very heavy rainfall over north coastal Odisha on Tuesday and Wednesday”.
In Odisha, the damaging influence of Amphan can be felt in Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapara, Bhadrak, Balasore and Mayurbhanj districts on Wednesday. “Squally windspeeds reaching 55-65 kmph gusting to 75 kmph prone to prevail over Puri, Khordha, Cuttack, Jajpur districts of Odisha on Wednesday,” mentioned the IMD.
Whereas updating him about these alerts, the Prime Minister was additionally knowledgeable through the evaluate assembly that the Nationwide Catastrophe Response Power (NDRF) has deployed its 25 groups on the bottom whereas 12 others are prepared in reserve. Moreover, 24 different NDRF groups are additionally on standby in several components of the nation.