(Juhi Aishwary, Journalist): The super cyclone amphan is about to hit Indian shores. After 21 years, a super cyclone is going to hit the coastal region of India. In view of this, the NDRF has been alerted with the Army, Air Force. Director-General of India Meteorological Department Mahapatra said that Cyclone Emphon is very severe, which can cause large scale damage. He said in a press briefing that the amphan has turned into a severe cyclonic storm and maybe knocking between Digha Island in West Bengal and Hatia Archipelago of Bangladesh on 20 May.
During this time, the speed of winds can be 165 to 175 km/ph, which can reach 195 km/ph. Mahapatra said that its strong cyclonic storm followed the north-north-west direction in the Bay of North West Bengal in the afternoon or evening of May 20 and between the Digha (West Bengal) and Hatia (Bangladesh) Islands, West Bengal -Bangladesh has great potential to cross the coastal areas.
He said that the coastal districts of West Bengal would receive heavy to very heavy rainfall on May 19 and 20. These districts are East Midnapore, South and North 24 Parganas, Howrah, Hooghly, and Kolkata. During the knocking of a storm, stormy waves of about four to six meters high from the sea can submerge the low lying areas of South and North 24 Parganas districts. Coastal Odisha is also expected to receive light to moderate rainfall at many places on May 19.
In northern coastal Odisha, very heavy rainfall may occur at some places in Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapada, Jajpur, Balasore, Bhadrak, and Mayurbhanj districts and at some places in Khoradha, and Puri districts. Balasore, Bhadrak, Mayurbhanj, Jajpur, Kendrapara, and Keonjhar districts in northern Odisha may receive heavy rainfall at some places on May 20.
19 teams deployed in West Bengal
NDRF Chief SN Pradhan said that 15 teams are deployed in Odisha. They are doing awareness drives, communication drives, and evacuation. There are 19 teams stationed in West Bengal, 2 teams are placed in standby there. We are currently facing a dual challenge: Kovid-19 and Cyclone. We have kept a backup. 6 NDRF battalions – 11, 9, 1, 10, 4, 5 are kept for this. 11 battalions in Varanasi, 9 battalions in Patna, 1 battalion in Guwahati, 10 battalions in Vijayawada, 4 battalions in Arakkonam, and 5 battalions in Pune. They can be brought as soon as needed.
Advice to fishermen not to go to sea for next two days
The Disaster Management Department official said that about four thousand SDRF personnel are monitoring the campaign to evacuate people to safe places. Fishermen have been advised not to go to sea for the next two days and those who are in the sea have been asked to return. The official said that we are taking all possible measures to deal with any incident. Special control rooms have been set up to monitor the situation.
High alert in these areas
In view of the devastation, people from the coastal areas of Odisha are being sent to safe places. Special vigilance is being done in Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapada, Bhadrak and Balasore districts of the state.
There is a possibility of this cyclone reaching Bangladesh
Bangladesh will start evacuating people from its coastal areas on Tuesday afternoon in view of the Super Cyclone Amphan. Bangladesh’s disaster management and relief secretary Shah Kamal said that the cyclone is expected to reach Bangladesh between midnight and Wednesday evening.
Preparations for West Bengal and Odisha to deal with the storm
The National Crisis Management Committee (NCMC), headed by Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba, had a review meeting Tuesday regarding the storm. The meeting reviewed the preparedness of the state, central ministries, and agencies in dealing with cyclonic storms. The Chief Secretary of Odisha and Additional Chief Secretary of West Bengal apprised the NCMC of the initial measures taken by them. He informed that people are being evacuated from low-lying areas. Every possible step has been taken to store food grains, drinking water, and other essential items.
Related teams have also been deployed for maintenance and restoration of electricity and telecom services. According to the statement, while reviewing the preparations of the states, and central agencies, the cabinet secretary asked the state governments to take all necessary measures to timely evacuate people from the low-lying areas en route to the cyclonic storm. In addition, necessary supplies such as food, drinking water, and medicines, etc. should be maintained in sufficient quantity. According to the statement, the state governments were also advised to keep the teams ready for debris removal and other restoration works.