Cyclonic storm ‘Amphan’ which was originated to the south of Andaman in the Bay of Bengal is likely to intensify into a super cyclone by Monday evening and unleash heavy rains accompanied with high-velocity winds in coastal Odisha and West Bengal.
The MeT department, has issued an ‘orange’ warning for West Bengal, said ‘Amphan’ is likely to cross the West Bengal-Bangladesh coasts between Digha and Hatiya Islands in the afternoon or the evening of May 20 as a very severe cyclonic storm with maximum sustained wind speed of 155 to 165 kmph gusting to 185 kmph before losing some steam ahead of landfall.
Considering the intense cyclonic situations amidst the lockdown the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) Director General S N Pradhan said 10 units have been sent to seven districts in Odisha while 10 other units have been kept on standby.
Apart from this the Odisha government is preparing for a possible evacuation of 11 lakh people residing in vulnerable areas while the West Bengal government has issued an alert in coastal districts and sent relief teams.
“To review the arising cyclone situation in various parts of the country, PM @narendramodi ji will chair a high level meeting with MHA & NDMA, today at 4pm,” Home Minister Amit Shah tweeted.