Amphan Cyclone to move towards West Bengal as extremely severe cyclonic storm: IMD


The India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Tuesday issued a warning regarding the Amphan Cyclone and said that it is likely to move towards West Bengal as an extremely severe cyclonic storm tomorrow.


"It is very likely to move north-northeastwards across the northwest Bay of Bengal and cross West Bengal - Bangladesh coasts between Digha (West Bengal) and Hatiya Islands (Bangladesh) close to Sundarbans during the afternoon or evening of May 20, 2020, as an extremely severe cyclonic storm with a maximum sustained wind speed of 165-175 kmph gusting to 195 kmph," an IMD official said.

The IMD also forecast light to moderate rainfall at many places with heavy falls at one or two places today. 

It has also warned fishermen not to venture into North Bay of Bengal along and off West Bengal -North Odisha coasts up to May 21.

Evacuations have begun as Odisha and West Bengal brace for Amphan which has now turned into a super cyclonic storm. The IMD has issued an orange alert for Bengal and Odisha as the cyclone inches closer to the coasts

The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has deployed 37 teams in the coastal areas of Bengal and Odisha.


With inputs from ANI

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