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Amphan to intensity into a super cyclone, landfall likely on May 20

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The Ministry of Home Affairs on Monday said that cyclonic storm ‘Amphan’ is likely to intensify into a ‘super cyclone’ by Monday evening. It said that Amphan will hit West Bengal and Bangladesh coasts as a ‘very severe cyclone’ with wind speed up to 185 km per hour on Wednesday.

Union Home Minister Amit Shah said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi will chair a high-level meeting to discuss the cyclone situation with the Ministry of Home Affairs and the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) on Monday at 4 pm.

Very severe cyclonic storm ‘Amphan’, over central parts of South Bay of Bengal, intensified into an extremely severe cyclonic storm, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said on Monday. The weather department had warned that ‘Amphan’ may turn into a “super cyclonic storm’.

According to experts, north Odisha coast will face the maximum impact of cyclone Amphan when it makes landfall.

According to the IMD, cyclone Amphan will cross West Bengal-Bangladesh coasts between Digha (WB) and Hatiya Island in the afternoon/evening of May 20 as a very severe cyclonic storm.

National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has sent its 10 teams to Odisha and seven teams to West Bengal in view of the approaching Cyclone Amphan.

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