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Cyclone Yaas to make landfall near Odisha’s Dhamra port by today noon: IMD

New Delhi: The "very severe cyclonic storm" Cyclone Yaas is set to make its landfall by noon on Wednesday with wind speed of 130-140 kmph gusting 155 kmph, informed the India Meteorological Department (IMD) Bhubaneswar senior scientist Umashankar Das.

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New Delhi: The “very severe cyclonic storm” Cyclone Yaas is set to make its landfall by noon on Wednesday with wind speed of 130-140 kmph gusting 155 kmph, informed the India Meteorological Department (IMD) Bhubaneswar senior scientist Umashankar Das.

“We are expecting ‘very severe cyclonic storm’ CycloneYaas to make landfall by noon today with wind speed of 130-140 kmph gusting 155 kmph,” said Umashankar Das.

While setting out a warning also for Jharkhand, the weather forecasting agency had earlier added that light to moderate rainfall is expected at most parts of Jharkhand, Odisha and West Bengal with heavy to very heavy downpour and extremely heavy falls at isolated places today and tomorrow.

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“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 ‘very severe’ cyclonic storm Yaas is currently centred about 40 kilometres east of Dhamra and 90 kilometres south-east of Balasore, according to IMD’s latest update.

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.

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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.