Cyclone Amphon, which rose from the Bay of Bengal between the Coronas, is now intensifying. In the central part of the bay, its form has started getting bigger from 2.30 pm. According to the Indian Meteorological Department, in the last 6 hours, the storm has turned southeast from the southern region of the Gulf. Here is West Bengal and Bangladesh Coast. By the afternoon of May 20, the storm may hit Digha in West Bengal and Hatia Island in Bangladesh. During this time its speed is estimated to be 870 kilometers per hour. Strong winds and heavy rains are expected in the coastal areas of Odisha and West Bengal due to the impact of the cyclone.
On the other hand, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has called a high-level meeting of the Ministry of Home Affairs and National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) to take stock of the preparedness to deal with the storm and the situation arising from it. This meeting will be from 4 pm.
Speed will be faster in 12 hours
According to the Director General of the India Meteorological Department, Mrityunjay Mohapatra, in 12 hours it will completely turn into a strong storm. In the next 6 hours, its effect will start to appear in the coastal areas. The epicenter of the storm is 980 km from Paradip in Odisha. 1,30 km from Digha in South West Bengal. 1,250 km south-west and from Khepupara in Bangladesh. Is in the southwest. Due to this effect, winds in the southern part of the Bay of Bengal can reach 150 kmph on Monday morning, 190 kmph in the central part.
These areas will be affected
The storm may cause heavy rains in 24 North and South Parganas of West Bengal, Kolkata, East and West Midnapore, Howrah and Hooghly. A dangerous thunderstorm, rain and lightning alert has been sounded in Gajapati, Ganjam, Puri, Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapara, Balasore, Bhradak, Mayurbhanj, Jhumpura, Saharpada and Keonjhar districts in Odisha. Meanwhile, the Odisha government has requested the Center not to run special labor trains for three days from May 18.
17 NDRF teams deployed in both states
In view of the storm, 10 teams of NDRF have been deployed in West Bengal and 7 teams in Odisha. NDRF Director General SN Pradhan told- In Odisha, these teams have been sent to 7 districts and Bengal to 6 districts. 10 teams are placed on standby. We are monitoring the situation. A team with 21 members has also been deployed to Paradip. The team members arrived with cutters, boat chains and all the items needed for relief and rescue operations.
Odisha commissioner said, the storm coast was not known
Odisha Commissioner (Relief) PK Jena said that an area of low pressure is forming over the Bay of Bengal which could make the storm catastrophic. Bole has reviewed the issue with Chief Secretary Asit Tripathi. According to preliminary information received by the India Meteorological Department, the area of possible low pressure will turn north-northeast and return to its path and turn towards the Bay of Bengal. The speed of the low pressure area is not yet known and the meteorological department has not given any information about where the potential storm will hit the coast. He said the storm could also hit north Odisha, South Bengal or Bangladesh.