Odisha, WB brace for Cyclone ‘Yaas’, landfall likely at Balasore tomorrow

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New Delhi (NVI): Odisha and West Bengal are bracing for cyclone ‘Yaas’ which is likely to hit the region with wind speed of 155-165 kmph gusting to 180kmph and expected to make landfall at Balasore by noon tomorrow.

It is very likely to cross north Odisha-West Bengal coasts between Paradip and Sagar Island around Balasore, during noon of Wednesday, the 26th May as a Very Severe Cyclonic Storm, the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) said.

Red alert issued for four districts of Odisha- Kendrapara, Bhadrak, Jagatsinghpur, and Balasore and orange alert for Mayurbhanj, Jajpur, Cuttack, Khorda and Puri as heavy to very rainfall is expected over these regions, according to the IMD.

In view of this, Odisha government has directed Home Minister of State Dibyashankar Mishra to reach Balasore today and camp there to monitor the situation.

“In view of expected landfall of cyclone Yaas at Balasore Hon’ble CM Sri @Naveen_Odisha has directed Minister of State for Home Sri Dibyashankar Mishra to reach Balasore today and camp there to monitor the situation,” CMO Odisha tweeted.

Meanwhile, West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankar in a tweet said that central agencies in overdrive action in sync with state agencies to contain human loss and destruction.

He further urged all to be extremely vigilant and fully heed the advisories of State and Central Government.

‘Yaas’ is very likely to move north-north-westwards, intensify further into a Very Severe Cyclonic Storm during next 12 hours and would continue to move north-north-westwards.

It will intensify further and reach Northwest Bay of Bengal near north Odisha and West Bengal coasts very close to Chandbali-Dhamra port by the early morning of Wednesday, the 26th May, the IMD said.

The fishermen are advised not to venture into central Bay of Bengal till 26th May forenoon and into north Bay of Bengal and along & off north Andhra Pradesh-Odisha-West Bengal–Bangladesh coasts during May 25-26.

The Severe Cyclonic Storm  ‘Yaas’ (pronounced as ‘Yass’) over Eastcentral Bay of Bengal moved north-westwards with a speed of about 10 kmph during past 6 hours, and lay centred at 0530 hrs IST of today, over Eastcentral & adjoining West central Bay of Bengal near latitude 18.0°N and longitude 88.6°E, about 320 km south-southeast of Paradip (Odisha), 430 km south-southeast of Balasore (Odisha), 420 km south-southeast of Digha (West Bengal) and 470 kms south-southwest of Khepupara (Bangladesh), the IMD said.