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PM Modi to visit Yaas-affected Odisha and Bengal

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit Odisha and West Bengal on Friday to ascertain the damage caused by cyclone Yaas. He will be holding review meetings with the officials of the Odisha and Bengal government and do an aerial survey of the affected areas, the Prime Minister’s Office said in a statement.

PM Modi will arrive in Bhubaneshwar for a review meeting and then do an aerial survey of Odisha’s Balasore and Bhadrak districts and West Bengal’s Purba Medinipur district. Thereafter, he will hold another review meeting in Bengal.

PM reviews cyclone Yaas impact

PM Modi on Thursday chaired a review meeting on the impact of cyclone Yaas. During the meeting, it was revealed that National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has rescued over 1,000 people and removed over 2,500 trees/poles to clear roads in Odisha and West Bengal.

Fortunately, preliminary reports suggest minimal loss of life due to the cyclonic storm due to timely communication and evacuation of people ahead of the landfall of the cyclone on Wednesday.

Impact of Yaas

The ‘very severe cyclonic storm’ Yaas wreaked havoc in the coastal areas of Odisha and West Bengal leaving behind a trail of destruction. The high wind speed combined with torrential rains resulted in the inundation of areas along the coastline as well as flooding of low-lying areas due to a rise in the water level of rivers.

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The cyclone caused significant damage to public infrastructure and houses in the coastal areas. Many roads were got swept away in the torrential rains.

Weather update

After the landfall on Wednesday morning, the weather system gradually lost its intensity and has now weakened into a depression. It is currently lying over central parts of Jharkhand, IMD said, adding that it will further weaken into a ‘well-marked low-pressure’ in the next 12 hours.

Under its influence, Jharkhand, West Bengal, Odisha, north Chhattisgarh, Bihar and eastern UP are going to witness light to moderate rainfall at many places and heavy rainfall at isolated places.

 

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