New Delhi: In the wake of cyclonic storm Yaas, which is looming over the Bay of Bengal, Dr Sanjib Bandyopadhyay, the head of the Regional Meteorological Centre (RMC) in Kolkata advised the fishermen against venturing into the sea from May 23. He also advised those who are in deep-sea to return to the coast by May 23 morning.
Bandyopadhyay said that a low-pressure area is very likely to form over North Andaman Sea and adjoining East Central Bay of Bengal around May 22 and is very likely to intensify gradually into a cyclonic storm by May 24.
“It would move northwestwards and reach near Odisha-West Bengal coasts around May 26 morning,” the chief of RMC Kolkata said. Dr Bandyopadhyay informed that the coastal districts of West Bengal will be witnessing light to moderate rainfall at most places with heavy falls at isolated places from May 25 with a significant increase in intensity.
Odisha Chief Secretary Suresh Chandra Mahapatra on Friday announced that all coastal and adjoining districts in the state have been put on high alert. Chief Secretary Mahapatra also held a meeting on May 21 with all line departments, Coast Guard, NDRF, DG Police, INS Chilika and DG fire services.
“Keeping in view the IMD’s predictions, all concerned departments like electricity companies, rural and urban water supply departments, health departments, Odisha Disaster Response Force, and NDRF teams have been put on alert to be in readiness with the manpower, material,” Suresh Chandra Mahapatra said.
The IMD had earlier predicted that the cyclonic storm Yaas will hit the coasts of Odisha and West Bengal on May 26 and both the states will experience heavy rainfall from May 22 to 26.
(With ANI inputs)