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Cyclone Yaas intensifies, navy, coastal guards on alert

May 23, 2021

Not even few days have passed and another Cyclone Yaas has entered in Bay Of Bengal. The havoc caused by Tauktae is not forgotten and Yaas has intensified in Bay of Bengal. Last year’s Amphan had left his worst memories in Odisha and West Bengal. This year Tauktae which arose in Arabian sea had killed 60 people so far.

Tauktae had it’s serious effects in Kerala, Karnataka, Maharashtra and Gujarat. Several feet waves had arosed in the seas near Maharashtra beaches. And then it had hit Gujarat. Tauktae’s winds in Arabian sea had dis balanced barge P305 and many barge were under danger. Till now 61 people have been reported to be dead from Barge P305 and 60 deaths from all costal states of India.

Cyclone will move towards and cross the West Bengal coast. It is, however, a large system and will definitely impact north Odisha and Bangladesh coasts. We still have five days so it’s too early to give exact details of its landfall,” said Sunitha Devi, in charge of cyclones at IMD.

The National Crisis Management Committee (NCMC), headed by cabinet secretary Rajiv Gauba, met on Saturday to review preparedness for Cyclone Yaas in the Bay of Bengal, with the top bureaucrat directing various agencies to ensure safety of Covid-19 patients, hospitals and oxygen generation plants.

“Reviewing the preparedness of the central and state agencies, Gauba stressed that all measures should be taken in a timely manner so that loss of lives and destruction of property is minimised,” a statement released after the meeting said.

Preparedness of Navy and Government to fight Yaas

Indian Navy carrying out their Operations . Image source Twitter

In view of the possible intensification of the low-pressure area, the Indian Navy has kept its ships and aircraft on standby. For possible rescue and relief operations in West Bengal and Odisha. The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) also deployed its teams in 11 districts of West Bengal on Saturday.

Apart from putting at least 14 of the state’s 30 districts on high alert in the wake of IMD’s forecast. The Odisha government has urged the Navy and the Indian Coast Guard to be prepared for the emerging situation. In West Bengal, district administrations, particularly in the coastal block and Sunderban islands, have already started strengthening the embankments that form the only barricade between the rivers and villages. Fishermen in West Bengal have been advised not to venture into the sea from May 23 evening till the storm passes, and those who are in deep sea have been told to return to the coast by May 23 morning.

Yaas is likely to cross West Bengal and adjoining north Odisha and Bangladesh coasts around May 26 evening. Over West Bengal, light to moderate rainfall at most places with heavy rain at isolated places is likely to commence over coastal districts from May 25, with significant increase in intensity subsequently, according to IMD. Light to moderate rainfall at most places with heavy to very heavy rainfall at a few places and extremely heavy rainfall at isolated places is very likely on May 26. Sub-Himalayan West Bengal and Sikkim are likely to receive light to moderate rainfall at most places on May 26 and heavy to very heavy rainfall at a few places with extremely heavy rainfall at isolated places on May 27.

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamta Banerjee has reviewed a meeting and had informed that all the essential steps are been taken.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi to hold a meeting today with all the essential government officials today at noon.

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