Kolkata: The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has confirmed that ‘Super cyclone’ Amphan has weakened into an extremely severe cyclonic storm as it approached closer to the coast of Odisha. IMD Director-General Mrutyunjay Mohapatra said since the cyclone is gradually weakening, its impact is unlikely to be very severe in Odisha.Also Read - Cyclone Amphan to Make Landfall Today; Lakhs Evacuated in Odisha, West Bengal; NDRF Deploys 53 Teams | Key Points

However, coastal districts like Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapara, Bhadrak and Balasore are likely to be battered by heavy rains and high-velocity winds from Tuesday evening, he said. Also Read - Cyclone Amphan: Heavy Rain in Odisha, West Bengal; Evacuation in Full Swing; NDRF Deploys 41 Teams | Top Developments

Further, coastal districts of North and South 24 Parganas, and East Midnapore, including the ecologically fragile Sundarbans, in West Bengal face a serious threat of inundation and significant damage to life and property, officials said. Also Read - Cyclone Amphan: Over 3 Lakh People Evacuated, All Precautionary Measures Taken, Says Mamata Banerjee

Notably, ‘Amphan’ will make the landfall between West Bengal’s Digha, some 180 km from Kolkata, and Hatiya island in Bangladesh on Wednesday afternoon or evening.

In view of the imminent threat posed by Cyclone Amphan, a total of 41 teams of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) have been deployed in West Bengal and Odisha.

On Tuesday, Union Home Minister Amit Shah also spoke to Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and his West Bengal counterpart Mamata Banerjee to review the preparedness for the impending cyclone.

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  • 11:50 PM IST

    Amphan LIVE: West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee says the damage caused by Cyclone Amphan is far worse than that caused by coronavirus.

  • 9:32 PM IST

    Amphan LIVE: Now system will move north-northeasterly, gradually weaken and then become a depression tomorrow, says HR Biswas, Director of IMD Bhubaneswar.

  • 9:31 PM IST

    Amphan LIVE: Amphan crossed as a very severe cyclonic storm. While crossing its wind speed was 155-165 kmph gusting to 185 kmph. Now it’s located 35 km northeast of Sagar island (West Bengal), 70 km south of Kolkata, 95 km east-northeast of Digha, says HR Biswas, Director of IMD Bhubaneswar.

  • 9:08 PM IST

    Amphan LIVE: Over 5,500 houses damaged, 2 persons dead and 2 severely injured in North 24 Parganas of West Bengal, as per 7 pm report by Bibek Vasme, Sub-Divisional Officer (SDO) Basirhat.

  • 8:53 PM IST

    Amphan LIVE: Death toll in West Bengal rises to three due damage caused by cyclonic storm.

  • 8:36 PM IST

    Amphan LIVE: Streets in Kolkata waterlogged, trees uprooted and houses damaged due to strong winds and heavy rain as Amphan crossed West Bengal-Bangladesh coast between Digha (West Bengal) and Hatiya Islands (Bangladesh) across Sunderbans, between 3:30 PM and 5:30 PM today.

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  • 6:51 PM IST

    Amphan LIVE: “We are hopeful that by 7 pm the entire cyclone will enter the land,” IMD DG says.

  • 5:58 PM IST

    Amphan LIVE: A 13-year-old Lakshmi Kumar, from Howrah died after the tin roof of her house collapsed due to strong winds caused by Cyclone Amphan.