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Cyclone Yaas makes landfall, leaves a trail of destruction

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Cyclone Yaas on Wednesday made landfall at around 9 am at the Bahanaga block around 50 km from Balasore in Odisha, leaving behind a trail of destruction in the state as well as in adjoining West Bengal.

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) said that the system entered the land from sea with wind speed ranging from 130-140 km per hour gusting to 155 km per hour—lower than what the Met had predicted earlier. It added that the landfall process is over and the system will gradually start losing its intensity.

Impact of cyclone Yaas

The cyclonic storm has resulted in significant damage to infrastructure in the coastal areas of Odisha and Bengal. Many low-lying areas along the coast got inundated resulting in damage to crops and houses and forcing people to wade through knee-to-waist deep water. Over 12 lakh people have been evacuated from the coastal areas due to the cyclone. Several coastal roads also got washed away in the torrential rains.

Rising river water levels inundated large parts of West Bengal’s coastal districts of Purba Medinipur and South 24 Parganas on Wednesday, as sea waves were seen touching coconut tree-tops and cars floating in floodwaters. The seaside towns of Digha and Mandarmoni in Purba Medinipur and Fraserganj and Gosaba in South 24 Parganas were among the areas affected by a storm surge of more than 2 metres above the astronomical tide level.

The surging waters have breached embankments at several places in the two coastal districts, inundating many villages and small towns, officials said.

 

Forecast

According to IMD, the cyclonic storm will cause heavy to very heavy rainfall in Odisha and West Bengal at isolated places, whereas light to moderate rainfall is expected at most places in West Bengal. The system is likely to enter Jharkhand tonight and will cause heavy to extremely heavy rainfall at isolated places in the state.

 

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