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Over 1 lakh evacuated in Odisha and 3.3 lakh in W.Bengal as cyclone Amphan hurtles towards Bengal coast

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Bhubaneswar (Odisha) | May 20, 2020 12:43:11 PM IST
The next six to eight hours are going to be crucial as Cyclone Amphan is likely to make landfall on Wednesday near Sunderbans in West Bengal, according to Special Relief Commissioner, Odisha, who added that upwards of 1.37 lakh people have been evacuated so far in the state.

W. Bengal govt. has evacuated around 3.3 lakh people from 7 districts, including North Paragana, East Midnapore which will be more affected.

Cyclone Amphan is gathering momentum to become the strongest storm on record in the Bay of Bengal with sustained wind speeds of 270 km per hour, making it stronger than the 1999 super cyclone and the joint strongest on record in the North Indian Ocean.

"Cyclone Amphan lies 110 kilometres south-east from Paradip and is moving at an average speed of 18-19 kilometre per hour. Landfall expected near Sunderbans in West Bengal by late evening today. Next 6-8 hours are going to be crucial," PK Jena, the Special Relief Commissioner said.

"We have evacuated more than 1,37,000 people till now and the process is still ongoing in certain pockets of Balasore and Mayurbhanj districts," he added.

Jena said that wind speeds of 102 kilometres per hour were observed near Paradip today morning.

"It is moving as per the path forecasted by the India Meteorological Department (IMD) and, therefore, we are expecting 110-125 kilometre wind speed in coastal tracts of Paradip, among others," he added.

According to Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) tweets"Cyclone Amphan over Bay of Bengal near latitude 18.4N & longitude 87.1E, about 210 km nearly south of Paradip (Odisha). To cross West Bengal-Bangladesh coasts between Digha (WB)& Hatiya Islands (Bangladesh) close to Sundarbans during the afternoon to evening hours of 20th May". According to the IMD, the cyclone was at about 120-kilometer east-southeast of Paradip, Odisha at 8:30 am today.

The weather forecast agency added that it looks set to cross West Bengal-Bangladesh coasts between Digha (West Bengal) and Hatiya Islands (Bangladesh) close to Sunderbans and added that the landfall is expected to begin around afternoon.

National disaster response force (NDRF) teams are co-ordinating with local administrations for huge storm response with total of 41 teams deployed in Odisha and W. Bengal. (ANI)

 
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