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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