Cyclone Yaas: Heavy rain in West Bengal, Odisha, high alert in many states

Kolkata: Cyclone Yaas will hit Odisha and West Bengal on Wednesday. Before this, heavy rain has started in many areas of West Bengal and Odisha since Tuesday.

It is raining in Bhubaneswar in Odisha, Chandipur and Digha in West Bengal. An alert has been issued in many states including Bihar and Jharkhand.

According to the information given by the Director General of the India Meteorological Department, Dr Mritunjay Mohapatra on Tuesday, the cyclone will now hit the coast near Dhamra, situated between Baleshwar and Bhadrak district of Odisha, on Wednesday morning. First it will hit the coast in Balasore, Odisha. 

The Indian Navy has also prepared to deal with the cyclone. Vigilance is being exercised in parts of Bihar and Jharkhand. Two to four meters high waves can also rise in the sea. Fishermen have been prohibited from going into the sea. 

Due to the possibility of strong winds, trains, aircraft and ships have been tied with chains in West Bengal. Trains to and from the affected area have been canceled and special emphasis is being given to the safety of the oxygen plant.

High waves with wind speed of 165 kmph

Cyclone Yaas is expected to strike between Paradip of Odisha and Sagar Island of West Bengal on Wednesday. This can cause winds at speeds up to 165 km per hour and waves ranging from 2 meters to 4.5 meters high. 

The meteorological department says that Cyclone Yaas can be very dangerous before hitting the beach. After passing through the beaches, its speed is  expected to increase further by Wednesday afternoon.

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6 districts of Odisha declared high risk zone

Disaster relief teams are deployed in West Bengal and Odisha in view of Cyclone Yaas. The Indian Air Force (IAF) and Indian Navy also have some of their helicopters and boats in reserve for relief work. 

Balasore, Bhadrak, Kendrapara, Jagatsinghpur, Mayurbhanj and Keonjhar districts of Odisha have been declared high risk zones due to Cyclone Yaas.

Nine lakh people evacuated to safe place in West Bengal

So far nine lakh people have been evacuated to safer places in West Bengal. At the same time, over two lakh people have been evacuated from dangerous places in Odisha. 

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has said that more than four thousand food centers have been opened in the state. 74,000 officers and employees and more than two lakh police personnel have been engaged in relief and rescue operations. 

The Indian Army’s help will also be taken if needed. Control rooms have been built in each block. Concrete arrangements have also been made in Kolkata. North and South 24 Parganas, East Midnapore and Jhargram districts may be affected more than Yas.

Ministers monitoring situation in Odisha

Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has sent Minister of State for Home DS Mishra to monitor the situation in the northern part of the state. Red alert (fear of very heavy rains) has been issued in Baleshwar, Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapada and Bhadrak districts and leaves of all government employees here have been canceled. 

Dr. Mrityunjay Mohapatra said that Cyclone Yaas is rapidly turning into a very severe cyclone. From Tuesday afternoon, it was moving in the northwest direction at a speed of ten kilometers per hour. It will have the highest impact from Paradip in Odisha to Sagar Island in West Bengal. Dhamra and Chandbali areas of Bhadrak district will be the worst affected. Wind speeds in Bhadrak, Baleshwar, Jagatsinghpur and Kendrapara will range from 150 to 180 km/h. 

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The time between six hours before and six hours after the storm hits the ground will be most important. He said that the impact of Cyclone Yaas will be less than that of Cyclone Phani which hit Puri two years ago. Wind speed will be 50 kmph less than Cyclone Phani.

Vigilance in other Odisha districts including Puri

According to Odisha Special Relief Commissioner Pradeep Kumar Jena, people have also been evacuated from Puri, Dhekanal, Nayagarh, Ganjam, Jajpur and Angul districts. The administration has provided ration water for the displaced people. 

According to an official, around five thousand pregnant women have been admitted to hospitals. Round of strong rain in the coastal districts All the districts of Odisha have been raining since Monday evening. 

Continuation of strong rains continued on Tuesday. Paradip has received the highest rainfall within the last 12 hours. Five blocks have received more than 100 mm of rainfall during the last 24 hours. 

In addition to the NDRF, 60 teams of SDRF, 205 firefighting personnel, 86 tree cutting teams and 10,000 power personnel have been deployed, Jena said. Hospitals, institutions of water supply and other essential services from 6 am to 6 pm on Thursday

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