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Cyclone Yaas now a ‘severe cyclonic storm’, says IMD

New Delhi: The low-pressure area which formed over the east-central Bay of Bengal on Saturday morning, has intensified into a very severe storm cyclone storm named “Yaas”, informed the India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Tuesday in an official release.

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New Delhi: The low-pressure area which formed over the east-central Bay of Bengal on Saturday morning, has intensified into a “very severe cyclonic storm” named “Yaas”, informed the India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Tuesday in an official release.

“The Severe Cyclonic Storm ‘Yaas’ over Eastcentral Bay of Bengal moved north-northwestwards with a speed of about 09 kmph during past 6 hours, and lay centred at over Eastcentral Bay of Bengal, about 360 km south-southeast of Paradip (Odisha), 460 km south-southeast of Balasore (Odisha), 450 km south-southeast of Digha (West Bengal) and 480 kms south-southwest of Khepupara (Bangladesh),” the IMD said in a statement.

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The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) on May 22 said that Cyclone Yaas is likely to transform into a ‘Very Severe Cyclonic Storm’ and will hit the coasts of Odisha and West Bengal on May 26. Ahead of Cyclone Yaas, the Armed Forces have commenced preparations to mitigate the impact of the anticipated disaster by airlifting 950 National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) personnel across the country, with 26 helicopters on standby for immediate deployment.

As per a statement from the Ministry of Defence, 70 tonnes of the load has also been airlifted from Jamnagar, Varanasi, Patna and Arakonnam to Kolkata, Bhubaneswar and Port Blair in 15 Transport Aircraft as of May 23.”A total of sixteen transport aircraft and 26 helicopters are on standby for immediate deployment while the Indian Navy, fresh from Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) and rescue operations on the Western Coast, has moved 10 HADR pallets to Bhubaneswar and Kolkata,” the statement said.

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Addressing the people of the state on Monday, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik asked everyone to adhere to COVID-19 protocols and wear two masks.

“At a time when we are fighting with the COVID-19 pandemic, Cyclone Yaas is another challenge that we have to face. Last year in May, we had faced cyclone Amphan along with COVID-19 and with help of the people, it was well managed. This time, too, we will all work in tandem to combat the calamity and the pandemic,” Patnaik said.

“Our priority is to save every life, therefore I request you all to shift to a safe place and cyclone shelters and give full cooperation to the administration. Due to the COVID pandemic we need to be more careful, people need to use two face masks and to follow other COVID appropriate behavior,” the Chief Minister added.

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