Super cyclone Amfan reached the south and central part of the Bay of Bengal on Tuesday. It moved at a speed of 14 kilometers per hour between 8 am and 1 pm on Tuesday. It will hit 155 to 165 kmph off the coast near Sundarbans between Bengal and Bangladesh tomorrow i.e. Wednesday afternoon. When it reaches the coastal areas, winds can reach 185 kmph. The Meteorological Department has issued an alert for West Bengal and Odisha as well as Sikkim and Meghalaya.
Amfan is currently located 570 km south-west of Paradip in Odisha and 720 km south-west of Digha in West Bengal and 840 km south-west of Kheppura in Bangladesh. Home Minister Amit Shah called West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik. talked to. He assured both the states to give full support from the Center.
6 states of Odisha and 7 of Bengal will be affected
According to the Meteorological Department, 6 districts of Odisha, Kendrapada, Bhadrak, Balasore, Mayurbhanj, Jajpur and Jagatsinghpur are the worst affected by the storm. At the same time, three coastal districts of East Bengal, Midnapore, 24 South and North Parganas as well as Howrah, Hooghly, Western Midnapore and Kolkata will be affected.
Wind will increase as the storm draws closer
South coastal Odisha is currently experiencing winds of 70 to 75 km per hour. Its speed will reach 75 to 85 kmph on Wednesday morning. The speed of the wind will start increasing as the cyclone gets closer. First it will be 110 to 120 kilometers per hour and when it crosses the cyclone, its speed can reach 155 to 165 kilometers per hour.
24 teams placed on standby
NDRF DG SK Pradhan said that 19 teams of disaster management are deployed in Bengal and 15 teams in Odisha. 6 teams standby for airlift. A total of 24 teams have been placed on standby. NDRF is giving priority to saving people. Teams of Army, Air Force, Navy and Coast Guard have also been put on alert.
Control rooms in many districts
In many districts of West Bengal, 24-hour control rooms have been set up to review the situation. A centralized control room has also been built at Aranya Bhawan in Kolkata. Kolkata Police is monitoring the situation at every hour. Cyclone is also being monitored with the help of Doppler Weather Radar in Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh.
Ban on shipping and boating in Odisha and Bengal
In view of the danger, the Meteorological Department has banned all types of shipping and boating in West Bengal and Odisha till Wednesday. In places where there is a possibility of impact, it has been asked to close the road and rail routes or change their route.
Super Cyclone is coming after 21 years
A super cyclone will arrive in the country after 21 years. In 1999, a cyclone hit the coast of Odisha. He was named Cyclone O5B or Paradip Cyclone. It is believed to be the most powerful cyclone ever encountered in the north Indian Ocean.