Cyclone Yaas: Bengal, Odisha CMs review preparedness as eastern coast braces for severe storm

Severe cyclonic storm ‘Yaas’ is nearing the coast of West Bengal and Odisha and ti is predicted to make landfall close to Dhamra Port in Bhadrak district early on May 26.

Both the state governments have already taken a number of steps to deal with the aftermath of the cyclone. They have already evacuated over 11 lakh individuals from the coastal areas.

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and state governor Jagdeep Dhankhar visited the management room, arrange in state secretariat Nabanna, to review the preparations on Tuesday.

While Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik held a review assembly with state chief secretary SC Mahapatra and particular reduction commissioner PK Jena by way of a digital platform linking the state management room and cyclone dashboard.

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While addressing a press convention on the secretariat, Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee mentioned two individuals have already died on account of electrocution in Pandua.

“So far there have been two incidents, one at Halisahar where 40 houses have been partially damaged and another in Chunchura, where some houses have been affected. Two persons were electrocuted in Pandua,” she said.

The chief minister urged the people not to move out of their houses as the landfall may take place between morning and noon tomorrow.

The state government, however, maintained that there have been mini storms in some parts of Bengal leading to loss of property.

Mamata Banerjee will stay in Nabanna tonight to monitor the situation closely. “I shall be on duty whole night. There is nothing to worry. I will brief you all again tomorrow (Wednesday),” she said.

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Meanwhile, the Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) and the fire services department have set up 24X7 control rooms.

“Tree cutters and other fire-fighting equipment have been kept ready for firemen to undertake post-cyclone relief work. The fire services minister Sujit Bose will be at the control room monitoring the situation in the next two days,” an official statement said.

The KMC has also made arrangements to remove trees from the road that are likely to be uprooted after the cyclone and monitor the drainage system.

TMC MLA and former member, mayor-in-council of KMC Debashish Kumar has also released helpline numbers for all those people, who are stranded or have family members, who are stranded in the midst of this natural disaster.

ODISHA CM REVIEWS CYCLONE PREPAREDNESS

Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Tuesday held a meeting with chief secretary SC Mahapatra and special relief commissioner (SRC) PK Jena to review the preprations against the approaching cyclone. The review meeting was held through virtual platform linking the state control room and cyclone dashboard.

The Odisha CM directed the administration to monitor the situation regularly and sought cooperation of people in evacuation, an official CMO statement said.

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“Every life is precious and all possible steps should be taken to protect life,” it quoted CM Patnaik as saying.

The chief secretary briefed the chief minister about steps taken by the administration regarding evacuation.

PK Jena made a presentation regarding the position of the cyclone.

He said that latest data suggest that cyclone will make a landfall between Bahanaga and Basudevpur. He also briefed on arrangements made for drinking water, special arrangements at Covid hospitals, oxygen buffer, power supply communication network and other arrangements,” the assertion added.

The commissioner additionally added that evacuation is happening in full swing. Over 2.5 lakh have already been evacuated and the remaining might be evacuated from susceptible locations by tonight, he added.

Assuring the chief minister of full preparedness, PK Jena mentioned all are able to face the cyclone with the rescue and restoration plan.

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