Cyclone Amfan: 17 teams deployed by NDRF in Odisha, West Bengal

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 The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has deployed 17 teams in Odisha and West Bengal due to the impending threat of cyclone Amfan. NDRF Director General SN Pradhan said in a video message that the National Disaster Response Force is “closely monitoring the situation from the headquarters and we are in touch with the state governments, India Meteorological Department and all agencies concerned.”

He said that according to the meteorological report, cyclone ‘Amfan’ is turning into a severe cyclonic storm in the Bay of Bengal and it could become a very severe cyclonic storm in the next 24 hours. Pradhan said, “Its path is mostly towards West Bengal, Sagar Islands and possibly Bangladesh, but we have to keep a close watch on its path.” The NDRF has already deployed teams. Either they have been deployed or they are on their way to destinations. “

He said that seven teams of the force have been deployed in West Bengal. These teams are deployed in six districts of the state – South 24 Parganas, North 24 Parganas, East Midnapore, West Midnapore, Howrah and Hooghly. Ten teams have been deployed in seven districts of Odisha – Puri, Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapada, Jajpur, Bhadrak, Balasore and Mayurbhanj. A team of NDRF consists of about 45 personnel.

The Union Home Ministry said on Sunday that Cyclone ‘Amfan’ (pronounced as Um-Pun) is hovering over and around the southeast Bay of Bengal and has been moving at a speed of six kilometers per hour for the last six hours. Is moving towards north-northwest direction. Due to the cyclone, strong winds can come in the area with fierce and extremely severe rain and high waves can rise in the sea.

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