The eastern coastal areas of the country are under the threat of cyclone Yaas. The cyclonic storm in the Bay of Bengal can cause havoc in the coastal areas of Odisha and West Bengal. According to the Meteorological Department (IMD), a low pressure area has formed in the Bay of Bengal.
In fact, the Indian Navy launched a massive relief and rescue operation after the severe cyclone ‘Taute’ which hit the west coast of the country earlier this week. The cyclone caused heavy havoc in Maharashtra, Gujarat, Kerala, Karnataka and Goa. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) said on Saturday that the cyclone Yaas is expected to turn into a “very severe cyclonic storm” and cross the coasts of Odisha and West Bengal on 26 May.
PM Modi to Hold Meeting with Officials to Asses Yaas Preparedness
The central government has been fully alert in view of the cyclonic storm ‘Yas’. PM Modi will hold a meeting with officials of National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) at 11 am today. The meeting will be attended by PM Modi along with Home Minister Amit Shah and other ministers. In this meeting, PM Modi will take stock of the preparations being made against cyclone ‘Yaas’.
According to the Meteorological Department, on the evening of 26 May, the cyclone is likely to move towards the coasts of West Bengal, Odisha and neighboring country. Wind speeds are expected to reach 90-100 kmph to 110 kmph from the morning of 26 May off the coasts of West Bengal, North Odisha and Bangladesh.
By evening it can grow more rapidly. The Meteorological Department said that it would continue to move north-northwest and would take serious form and reach the northern Bay of Bengal near West Bengal and adjoining north Odisha and Bangladesh coasts by the morning of 26 May. IMD said , “Around the evening of 26 May it is very likely to cross the coasts of West Bengal and adjoining North Odisha and Bangladesh.”
A warning has been issued for fishermen. It is advised not to move towards the southeast and east-central Bay of Bengal, Andaman Sea and Andaman-Nicobar Islands between 22 to 24 May. Apart from this, from 23 to 25 May, between the Bay of Bengal and 24 to 26 May, it is forbidden to go towards the coasts of Odisha and Bangladesh, including West Bengal. Also fishermen who are in the middle of the sea are being advised to return.