New Delhi: Landfall process of Cyclone Amphan will commence from the afternoon, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said in a statement. As per reports, the NDRF is keeping a close watch on time and possible speed of the landing of the cyclone. The NDRF teams are also coordinating with local administration for storm surge response. Forty-one teams have been deployed in Odisha and West Bengal to tackle the cyclone and carry out rescue operations. Also Read - Amphan Updates: Death Toll Rises to 3, Over 5000 Houses Damaged as Cyclone Wreaks Havoc in West Bengal
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1) About 4.5 lakh people have been evacuated from vulnerable area in West Bengal and Odisha ahead of the landfall of cyclonic storm ‘Amphan’, NDRF chief S N Pradhan said on Wednesday. Also Read - Cyclone Amphan: Heavy Rain in Odisha, West Bengal; Evacuation in Full Swing; NDRF Deploys 41 Teams | Top Developments
2) Issuing a video message update, the chief of the the federal contingency force said rescue forces and administration are concerned and geared to tackle a storm surge or tidal waves up to 4-6 metres high as it is a new moon night or ‘amavasya’.
3) As per ground reports received till this morning, rains and winds are being experienced in affected areas of Odisha and West Bengal, Pradhan said.
4) As per updates by the MeT department, Cyclone ‘Amphan’ lay centred about 170 km south of West Bengal’s Digha as an extremely severe cyclonic storm over west central Bay of Bengal and is likely to make landfall near Sunderbans between Wednesday afternoon and evening.
5) Further, ‘Amphan’ is likely to move north-northeastwards after landfall and pass close to Kolkata in its eastern side, causing extensive damage and flooding of low-lying areas in the city, the weather office said. The MeT department has issued an “orange message” for West Bengal, which warned of extensive damage in Kolkata, Hooghly, Howrah, South and North 24 Parganas and East Midnapore districts. It advised that all establishments and markets remain closed in Kolkata and adjoining areas and movement of people be restricted on Wednesday.
6) Bangladesh has also shifted over two million people to storm shelters and deployed its military to deal with cyclone ‘Amphan’ as the powerful weather system is set to make a landfall, authorities said on Wednesday.