IMD : Cyclone Yaas may cause maximum damage in Chandbali. On Tuesday, the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) said on Tuesday a strong typhoon Yaas could fall between Dhamra and Chandbali areas in the Odisha region of Badrak on Wednesday. The Yaas is likely to start with a severe storm on Tuesday evening and Chandbali is likely to see significant damage, said IMD director-general Mrrutyunjay Mohapatra.
“It is expected that we will continue to have a severe storm on May 26 and cross the coast somewhere near Chandbali in the Badrak region at a wind speed of 155-165 km per hour with wind speeds of 185 km per hour. The impact of Hurricane Yaas will rise six hours before and after the collapse. Large trees and electric poles can break. Chandbali is likely to see more damage as a result of the storm, ”said Mohapatra.
The project is likely to cause heavy rainfall over large parts of West Bengal and Odisha on Tuesday and Wednesday. “The rains have started and will continue. Wind speeds in the Kendrapara and Jagatsinghpur districts will reach about 80kmph at midnight,” he was quoted as saying by the PTI news agency.
The IMD said in its latest report released at 9:10 a.m. Tuesday that the Yaas is likely to move northwest and continue to be the strongest storm in the next 12 hours. The project has been moving north-west at a speed of 10kmph for the past six hours. It is located about 320km southeast of Paradip (Odisha), 430km southwest of Balasore (Odisha) and 420km southeast of Digha (West Bengal) at 5.30am, it said.
Wind speeds of 50-60kmph to 70kmph cut north of the Bay of Bengal and along and along the coast of Andhra Pradesh-Odisha-West Bengal-Bangladesh, the weather department said. Wind speeds will increase to 155-165kmph to 185kmph above the northwest Bay of Bangal and north of Odisha along the coast near West Bengal including Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapara, Bhadrak, and Balasore regions of Odisha during the landslide, he added.
Wind speeds of up to 100-120kmph extend to 145kmph in the Odisha region of Maybhbhanj and Purba Medinipur in West Bengal and the southern 24 districts of Parganas. Wind speeds of 80-90kmph to 110kmph will conquer the districts of Odisha’s Puri, Cuttack, Khurda and Jajpur as well as West Bengal’s Jhargram, Paschim Medinipur and North 24 Parganas region at this time. Yaas is also expected to cause a 2,000-meter hurricane off the coast of Purba Medinipur and a 1-2-meter dash in South 24 Parganas.
Authorities began evacuating thousands of people on Tuesday as the “powerful” typhoon Yaas approached, days after another hurricane struck the west coast and left a trail of death and destruction. Odisha Special Assistant Commissioner Pradip Jena said regional collectors had been asked to complete evacuation in four coastal districts of Balasore, Badrak, Kendrapara and Jagatsinghpur on Tuesday afternoon. He added that arrangements had been made for the accommodation of an estimated 750,000 people in the 7,000 shelters provided for this purpose. “Zero’s injury is a slogan. We are not giving up any speed to save lives, ”said Jena.
Fishermen have been asked not to go out to sea until further notice. It warned of the demolition of thatched-roof houses, extensive damage to kutcha residential buildings and some damage to pucca buildings in the coastal and adjacent and inland regions of West Bengal. The IMD also warned of bending or breaking of power poles and disruption of train services due to power cuts and signing systems, which led to the South Eastern Railway cancelling several special commuter trains until Wednesday.
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The last time Odisha faced a hurricane was in May 2019 when Hurricane Fani crossed the Puri, Khurda and Cuttack counties, killing 64 people and affecting 16.5 million people in more than 18,000 valleys. It has damaged an estimated 360,000 homes. Typhoon Titli killed 77 people in 2018, destroyed 260,000 hectares of agricultural land and more than 60,000 homes and killed more than 35,000 pets. In 2013, Hurricane Phailin wreaked havoc on the eastern province, affecting more than 1.1 million people and causing ₹ 4,240 crore.