India and Bangladesh are in extreme alert to face the Super Cyclone AmphanSivaranjani Soundararaj (Author) Published Date : May 19, 2020 10:52 IST
According to the meteorological department, the super-cyclone 'Amphan' is expected to cross the coast between West Bengal and Bangladesh tomorrow.
Speaking to reporters, Indian Meteorological Center South Zone Head Balachandran said: The 'Amphan' severe storm has now turned into a superstorm. It is centered in the Mid West Bengal Sea and the adjoining South Bengal Sea.
Moving in the north and northeast direction towards West Bengal and Bangladesh coast, the cyclone is likely to cross the coast tomorrow (May 20). The central and northern Bengal seas are likely to be affected by the storm. So the IMD ordered fishermen not to enter the sea for two days.
The Indian Meteorological Department has warned that the cyclone is likely to get heavy rainfall in six states, including Odisha, West Bengal, Sikkim, Assam and Meghalaya till 21st. The storm will strike West Bengal, Odisha and the Bangladesh coastal belt and as a result, these areas will experience heavy wind at a speed of 185 km to 240 km ph as a super cyclonic behavior.
The Union Home Ministry has issued a warning to the states of West Bengal and Odisha. Steps have been taken to evacuate around 11 lakh people living in coastal areas and stay safe. The National Disaster Rescue Team has been stationed at various locations to look after the rescue and relief efforts.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi discussed the preparedness of evacuation measures and disaster management in a review response meeting with Mrutyunjay Mohapatra, director-general of the India Meteorological Department yesterday. As a result, IMD outspoken a detailed report on the serious heavy rainfall hitting areas around West Bengal and Northern Coasts of Odisha.
Also, the Prime Minister ensured with the National Disaster Relief Force (NDRF) and made clear that 20 out of 37 Disaster teams are already on the ground and 17 more force teams were in standby to serve anytime in both West Bengal and Odisha.
The States were also prepared in highness to minimize the loss of lives and property and evacuated nearly 11 lakh people out of the coastal areas to ensure protection and safety.
Meanwhile, the Bangladesh government has evacuated almost 2 million people in almost 19 districts and shifted to pre-built shelters of nearly 13,100 to save lives from super cyclone Amphan, said Disaster Management Secretary Shah Kamal.
#Amphan is now defined as a Super Cyclonic Storm by the Indian Meteorological Department. By the latest calculations, this is equivalent to a category 4 hurricane. Here's a forecast animation showing the expected rain and wind over the coming days pic.twitter.com/Z5IPhC2CY9— Met Office (@metoffice) May 18, 2020