New Delhi: With Cyclone Yaas all but set to make its landfall on Wednesday, light to moderate rainfall are expected at most parts of Odisha, West Bengal, and Jharkhand, forecasted India Meteorological Department (IMD).
The MeT department also provided key information about heavy to extremely heavy rainfall at isolated places in these states.
“Light to moderate rainfall expected at most places with heavy to very heavy rains at few places with extremely heavy falls at isolated places in Bhadrak, Jagatsinghpur, Cuttack, Balasore, Dhenkanal, Jajpur, Mayurbhanj, Kendrapara, and Keonjhargarh today,” IMD said.
While setting out a warning also for Jharkhand, the weather forecasting agency also added that light to moderate rainfall is expected at most parts with heavy to very heavy downpour and extremely heavy falls at isolated places today and tomorrow.
“Light-moderate rainfall at most places, extremely heavy rainfall at isolated places over Medinipur and heavy to very heavy rainfall at isolated places over Bankura, Jhargram, South 24 Parganas and heavy falls at isolated areas like Kolkata, Nadia among others today,” the Met department added.
The Indian Army on Tuesday (May 25) deployed 17 integrated relief columns in West Bengal ahead of the arrival of Cyclone Yaas. These columns comprises specialised personnel with necessary equipment and inflatable boats. “The deployment of the Army columns is based on a requisition and is in close coordination with the government of West Bengal,” the Army said in a statement.
Yaas is expected to make a landfall near Dhamra Port in Odisha’s Bhadrak district early on Wednesday morning with wind speeds of up to 155 kmph to 165 kmph, gusting to 185 kmph, according to the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD).
The army will be involved in casualty evacuation of stranded or marooned persons, medical treatment, road clearing or tree cutting, and distribution of relief material.
Furthermore, nine additional columns have also been kept on standby at Kolkata for redeployment.