Cyclone Amphan: Uprooted trees block roads in Odisha's Bhadrak district

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Many trees were uprooted in Odisha's Bhadrak district on Wednesday after strong winds and rainfall battered the district as cyclone Amphan advanced towards the Indian coast.

 

As per the report, in the morning, the fallen trees blocked the roads for a few hours causing traffic snarls in several parts of the district.

According to the News Agency ANI report, the fire service team cleared the blocked road near R&B Office Bhadrak to facilitate the movement of vehicles, essential commodities and emergency service personnel.

According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD), the cyclone is expected to make landfall today between Digha in West Bengal and Hatia Island in Bangladesh.

Other districts of Odisha are also going to witness rainfall and strong winds today due to the cyclone.

As many 1,704 shelter camps have been set up in anticipation of the cyclone in the state.

As per the latest update issued by the IMD, the 'extremely severe' cyclonic storm lay centred over northwest and adjoining westcentral Bay of Bengal, about 125 km south of Paradip in Odisha, 390 km south-southwest of Digha and 540 km south-southwest of Khepupara in Bangladesh.

More than four lakh people have been evacuated to safety in the both the states.

On Tuesday, Home Minister Amit Shah spoke to Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on phone, assuring them all help from the central government.

According to the media reports, as many as forty teams of the NDRF have been deployed in West Bengal and Odisha to deal with any emergency situation.

On Monday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had chaired a high-level meeting to review the response measures and preparedness to tackle the storm.

"Amphan", pronounced as "Um-pun", means sky. The name was given by Thailand in 2004, years ago. The storm is being constantly tracked by Doppler Weather Radar at Vishakhapatnam. 

 

With inputs from ANI

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