Cyclone Yas turned into a severe cyclonic storm on Tuesday evening. Due to this, the government of West Bengal and Odisha have evacuated more than 12 lakh people from the risky areas to safe places. Director General of India Meteorological Department (IMD) M. Mohapatra said that a ‘Red Coded’ warning has been issued for Odisha and West Bengal. Mahapatra said, “Severe cyclonic storm Yas has turned into a severe cyclonic storm in the North West and Bay of Bengal.”
It can turn north-northwest and its intensity can be more. It may be knocked off near Dhamra port in north Odisha by Wednesday morning. The Meteorological Department says that the wind speed during the cyclone is likely to be 155 to 165 km / h and it can reach 185 km / h. Amid the threat of the cyclone, the Airports Authority of India said that operations at Kolkata’s Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport will be canceled from 8:30 am to 7:45 pm on Wednesday. Similarly, Biju Patnaik Airport of Bhubaneswar will remain closed from 11 am on Tuesday night till 5 am on Thursday. South Eastern Railway has also announced the cancellation of many trains.
In view of the cyclone, the neighboring state of Jharkhand has also issued an alert and preparations are being made in view of the impact of the cyclone. West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said on Tuesday that her administration has taken more than nine lakh people to safe places. At the same time, the Odisha government says that it has evacuated more than three lakh people from the coastal districts in view of security. Dr. Umashankar Das, scientist at the Regional Meteorological Center, Bhubaneswar, said that the cyclone is expected to collide between Dhamra and Chandbali in Odisha’s Bhadrak district.
Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said that in addition to more than 74,000 officers and employees, more than two lakh policemen and civilian volunteers have been deployed to deal with this natural disaster in Bengal. He said that National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) personnel have been deployed and the help of the army will also be taken if required.
Banerjee said, “We have taken nine lakh people to relief and flood centers. There are 4000 such centers in the state. We are monitoring the situation 24 hours. Control rooms have been set up in each block for monitoring. Also Control rooms have also been set up in the state secretariat. ” He said, “The Chief and Home Secretary are in touch with the District Magistrates. I have spoken to the District Magistrates of South and North 24 Parganas, Jhargram, East Medinipur.” The Chief Minister said that adequate arrangements have also been made for Kolkata.
On the other hand, Odisha Special Relief Commissioner PK Jena said that more than 2.10 lakh people living in low-lying kachha houses have been sent to cyclone shelters. These include maximum 74,132 people of Balasore district and 73,103 people of Bhradak district. A health official said that about 5,000 such pregnant women have been admitted to hospitals, which can give birth to a child by June 1. Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has sent Minister of State for Home DS Mishra to Balasore to monitor the situation in the northern part of the state.
Jena said that the four coastal districts of Kendrapara, Jagatsinghpur, Bhadrak and Balasore are the most at-risk areas, while Mayurbhanj, Keonjhar, Sundargarh, Dhenkanal, Angul besides Puri and part of Khurda district will also be affected due to YAS. He said that 404 rescue teams including 52 teams of NDRF and 60 teams of Odisha Disaster Rapid Action Force and 205 teams of firefighters will be deployed in the risky districts. IMD said in its bulletin issued on Tuesday morning that ‘Yas’ is likely to move in the northwest direction in the next 12 hours. Wind speed can increase from 100-120 kmph to 145 kmph in Mayurbhanj district of Odisha and East Medinipur and South 24 Parganas districts of West Bengal. Winds of 80-90 km can reach 110 km in Puri, Cuttack, Khurda and Jajpur districts of Odisha and Jhargram, West Medinipur and North 24 Parganas districts of West Bengal.
The Meteorological Department has advised fishermen not to go to sea till further notice. At the same time, a senior official said that Jharkhand has also evacuated people from East and West Singhbhum districts located near the border of West Bengal and Odisha in view of the risk of cyclone. Disaster Management Secretary Amitabh Kaushal told PTI-language that due to the cyclone, Kolhan division may be affected, which includes East and West Singhbhum and Seraikela-Kharsawan districts.
He said that NDRF teams have been deployed in the adjoining districts of both the states. Kaushal said that hospitals have been asked to make adequate arrangements with regard to supply of electricity, oxygen and other essential supplies. The Meteorological Department has predicted winds in Jharkhand at a speed of 110-120 km per hour. On the other hand, National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) chief S.K. N. Pradhan told on Tuesday that in the wake of cyclone Yas, the maximum number of teams have been deployed by the force so far in Odisha and Bengal. Five states and union territory of Andaman and Nicobar Islands are expected to be affected by the cyclone originating from Bay of Bengal, in view of which NDRF has deployed 113 teams. In the wake of cyclone YAS in the eastern coastal areas of the country, the Army has deployed 17 Integrated Relief Columns in West Bengal comprising specialist personnel with necessary equipment and boats. “These columns of the army have been deployed in close coordination with the West Bengal government on the basis of the request,” the army said in a statement.
Meanwhile, in Hooghly and North 24 Parganas districts of West Bengal, at least two persons died of electrocution while around 80 houses were partially damaged after the storm on Tuesday. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has called it a ‘tornado’. This natural phenomenon occurred even before the cyclone ‘Yas’ reached the Dharma port in Odisha’s Bhadrak district on Wednesday. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said, “It was unexpected … The cyclone wreaked havoc on Chinsurah, 40 houses were partially damaged.” Two people died due to electric current.