New Delhi: The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) on Monday warned that Cyclone ‘Amphan’ over central parts of south Bay of Bengal, that is anticipated to hit the Odisha coast, will intensify into an Extremely Severe Cyclonic Storm within the next 6 hours. It will cause heavy rainfall and stormy winds in the coastal areas. The disaster control teams have already reached the coastal areas in Odisha and an evacuation process has begun. Also Read - Good News: After Jharkhand, Now Zomato And Swiggy Start Home Delivery of Alcohol in Odisha
“Very Severe Cyclonic Storm ‘AMPHAN’ over central parts of South Bay of Bengal near 12.5°N latitude and 86.4°E longitude, about 870 km nearly south of Paradip (Odisha). To intensify further into an Extremely Severe Cyclonic Storm in the next 6 hours,” the met department said in a tweet. Also Read - Weather Update: Heavy Rainfall Likely in Several Parts of Northeast From May 26, IMD Issues Red Alert
A cyclone warning has been hoisted at the Pamban port near Rameswaram, Odisha. At least 10 teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) have arrived in Odisha and seven in West Bengal to clear out the coastal areas in view of the storm approaching.
“The district administration is well prepared in view of cyclone ‘AMPHAN’. NDRF team has also reached. By 19th May, we’ll evacuate all the people who’re in slum area,” said Jagatsinghpur District Magistrate, Sangram Keshari Mohapatra.
Cyclone ‘Amphan’ will also cross West Bengal-Bangladesh coasts between Digha (WB) and Hatiya island around the afternoon of May 20 at a ‘very severe’ intensity.
Other local disaster management teams are also on site and consstantly monitering the situation with the central teams of NDRF and IMD.