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Cyclone Yaas to intensify further in next 12 hours before tomorrow’s landfall


Cyclone Yaas is likely to intensify into a ‘very severe cyclonic storm’ in the next 12 hours and is likely to make landfall between Paradip and Sagar Islands close to Dhamra Port tomorrow afternoon, according to the India Meteorological Department (IMD).

The cyclonic storm is currently moving towards India’s east coast at a speed of 17 km per hour and is lying over the Bay of Bengal at a distance of about 280 km south-southeast of Paradip, 380 km south-southeast of Balasore, 370 km south-southeast of Digha and 370 km south-southwest of Sagar Islands.

Yaas is likely to move north-northwestwards, intensify further into a ‘very severe cyclonic storm’ during the next 12 hours. It would continue to move north-northwestwards, intensify further and reach northwest Bay of Bengal near north Odisha and West Bengal coasts very close to Chandbali-Dhamra Port by Wednesday morning.

“It is very likely to cross north Odisha-West Bengal coasts between Paradip and Sagar Island close to north of Dhamra and south of Balasore, during noon of Wednesday as a very severe cyclonic storm,” the IMD said.

Impact of Yaas

At the time of landfall, the cyclonic storm is likely to carry a maximum wind speed of 155-165 km per hour gusting to 185 km per hour. The wind speed and the torrential rain is likely to cause widespread damage in the coastal areas.

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The system will gradually lose intensity upon landfall and by Thursday evening, it will weaken into a depression. Heavy to very heavy rainfall at many places is expected in Odisha and West Bengal, whereas light to moderate rainfall is expected in Bihar and Jharkhand. The northeastern states of Assam and Meghalaya are also going to witness light to moderate rainfall at isolated places.

Rescue and relief operation

The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has earmarked its highest-ever number of teams for deployment in Odisha and West Bengal as part of its preparations for the impending cyclone Yaas.

NDRF has committed a total of 112 teams for deployment in five states and the Union Territory of Andaman and Nicobar Islands which are expected to be affected by the cyclonic storm. Several trains have been also cancelled due to the cyclone.


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