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    Cyclone Amphan LIVE: As far as West Bengal is concerned, the districts which can
    be possibly affected are North & South 24 Parganas and East Midnapore
    districts. Kolkata, Hooghly, Howrah and West Midnapore districts will face wind
    speed of 110-120 kmph gusting up to 135 kmph, says IMD Chief

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    Cyclone Amphan LIVE: SMS alerts are being generated to people in affected districts for evacuation. It is up to state governments that in what frequency they want to send alerts. It’s free of cost. It’ll be in local languages. Intra-circle
    roaming will continue after cyclone crosses, says Telecom Secretary

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    Cyclone Amphan LIVE: This is the most intense cyclone – the second super cyclone – which has been formed in Bay of Bengal after 1999. Its wind speed in the sea right now is 200-240 kmph. It is moving towards north northwestward direction, says IMD chief Mrutyunjay Mohapatra

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New Delhi: Super Cyclone Amphan is expected to make landfall on the eastern coast of India on Wednesday evening, with the biggest impact in South and North 24 Parganas and East Medinipur districts of West Bengal. Also Read - Cyclone Amphan Has Destroyed Our Lives: Real Kashmir Goalkeeper Mithun Samanta

The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has already issued an orange alert in Odisha and West Bengal, while heavy rainfall is expected in Odisha, West Bengal, Sikkim, Assam and Meghalaya, as well as parts of Bangladesh from May 19 to May 21. Also Read - Weather Update: After Cyclone Amphan, Another Cyclonic Storm Likely to Reach Maharashtra, Gujarat on June 3, Warns IMD

“Amphan is expected to make the biggest impact in South and North 24 Parganas and East Medinipur districts of West Bengal. It will cross West Bengal and Bangladesh coast between Digha and Hatia island during the afternoon to evening of May 20, with a maximum wind speed of 165-175 kmph, gusting to 195 kmph,” IMD chief Mrutyunjay Mohapatra said during a press briefing. Also Read - West Bengal News: Mamata Government Minister Tests Covid-19 Positive, Met Many People in Howrah

Here’s the list of states Super Cyclone Amphan is expected to hit:

  • West Bengal
  • Odisha
  • Puducherry
  • Tamil Nadu
  • Andhra Pradesh

Areas where Super Cyclone Amphan is expected to make a severe impact:

In West Bengal,

  • Kolkata
  • East Medinipur
  • West Medinipur
  • Howrah
  • Hooghly

In Odisha,

  • Ganjam
  • Gajapati
  • Puri
  • Jagatsinghpur
  • Kendrapara
  • Bhadrak
  • Balasore
  • Mayurbhanj
  • Jajpur
  • Cuttack
  • Khurda
  • Nayagarh

The met department has advised a complete shutdown of shipping and boating activities in the vulnerable parts of West Bengal and Odisha till May 20. Rerouting or shutting down of rail and road traffic is also advised in the areas which the super cyclone is expected to hit.

The super cyclone is currently moving northwards with a speed of 7 kmph and is centred at about 730 km south of Odisha’s Paradip, 890 km south-southwest of West Bengal’s Digha and 1,010 km south-southwest of Bangladesh’s Khepupara.

It is expected to cross between Digha and Hatia in Bangladesh close to the Sundarbans on May 20.

At least 1,000 personnel of state Disaster Rapid Action Force have been deployed in Odisha, 13 teams of NDRF already pre-positioned in West Bengal, four teams en route and four have been kept on standby. Teams of the Indian Army, Navy and Air Force have also been put on alert for any contingency.