Kolkata: Dark clouds seem to loom over Bengal as the meteorological department warns the state of a wet week ahead as cyclone Gulab is most likely to develop in the Bay of Bengal during the afternoon or evening hours of Saturday (September 25).
The State Government and the Kolkata Police have already started taking all preparations for the storm.
According to sources in Nabanna Chief Secretary HK Dwivedi has already held a meeting with all District Magistrates and asked them to take all necessary precautions, miking to be done to warm people of the upcoming storm , evacuating those who are in the low lying areas and bringing them to the cyclone relief centres.
The DMs have already been asked to stock dry food , medicines , packaged drinking water and tarpaulins. The state Government has issued a notification stating that all leaves have been cancelled of all state government employees till October 5 th due to the storm.
Meanwhile the Kolkata Police at the Lal Bazar Headquarters has formed a team “unified command centre “ at their central room.
This team will consist of kolkata police officers along with KMC officers , CESC officers and officers from fire Brigade . They will be present round the clock and the help line number for Lal Bazar control room is 22141890/22141894.
The Chief Secretary has instructed the KOLKATA Municipal Corporation to be on alert. Instructions to keep all pumping stations running , there are 76 pumping stations active in 144 wards. Four NDRF teams and 22 Disaster Management teams are being prepared to deal with the disaster.
Special watch should be kept in areas like Alipore , Ekbalpore, Bhawanipore , Kalighat which are famous for waterlogging and uprooting of trees. The police stations have been asked to keep cranes and tree cutters ready so that uprooted trees can immediately be removed from the streets.
The IMD has forecast light to moderate intensity (2.4mm to 644mm in 24-hours) over West Bengal, Odisha and coastal Andhra Pradesh on Saturday.
On Sunday, the Met Office has warned of very heavy to extremely heavy rain (115.6mm to over 204.4mm in 24-hours) over south Odisha, north coastal Andhra Pradesh.
Depression intensified into a Deep Depression over North and adjacent central BoB, likely to intensify into a CS next 12 hours and to cross south Odisha north Andhra Pradesh coasts around Kalingapatnam by September 26 evening,” IMD tweeted.