Cyclone Yaas draws close, red-coded warning sounded in coastal Odisha, West Bengal | Top Developments

The states of West Bengal, Odisha and Jharkhand evacuated residents on a struggle footing forward of the landfall of Cyclone Yaas, which has intensified into a really extreme cyclonic storm on its course over the Bay of Bengal. A red-coded warning alert for the Odisha and Bengal coasts was sounded by the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) on Tuesday.

Going by the IMD’s forecast, Cyclone Yaas is likely to make landfall close to north of Dhamra and south of Balasore round midday on Wednesday, May 26. The cyclonic storm was positioned 160 km south-southeast of Paradip in Odisha and 240 km south-southeast of Digha in West Bengal over north-west and adjoining west-central Bay of Bengal on Tuesday night, and is prone to acquire a most velocity of 155 kmph to 165 kmph gusting to 185 kmph throughout landfall.

Indian Navy ships and plane are on standby for rescue ops because the cyclonic storm gathers power and strikes in a north-westerly route. It is prone to cross the coast between north Odisha and West Bengal round midday on 26 May. Headquarters, Eastern Naval Command, and Naval Officers-in-Charge at West Bengal and Odisha have carried out preparatory actions to fight the results of Cyclone Yaas and are in fixed liaison with the state administrations for rendering help as required.

Indian Navy ships and plane are on standby for rescue ops.


In Odisha, the state authorities has set a goal to evacuate 3,54,559 individuals in seven districts that are likely to be affected by the cyclone. By night, 2,74,426 individuals from low-lying areas of coastal districts had been moved to security.

SRC PK Jena informed India Today, “While there are around 860 permanent shelters, 6031 additional cyclone shelters have been identified. Altogether, around 7.5 lakh people can be accommodated in the shelters.”

Meanwhile, a crimson warning has been issued for the districts of Balasore, Bhadrak, Jajpur, Kendrapada, Jagatsinghpur, Cuttack, Mayurbhanj, Keonjhar and Dhenkanal the place there may be probability of heavy to very heavy rainfall at just a few locations, with remoted extraordinarily heavy showers in another areas tomorrow. Likewise, heavy rainfall may be very prone to happen at remoted locations over the districts of Anugul, Deogarh, Khurdha, Puri and Sundergarh on May 26, an IMD bulletin said.

Chief minister Naveen Patnaik has directed the minister of state for house, Dibyashankar Mishra, to camp in Balasore to observe the scenario. Balasore, together with Kendrapara, Jagatisnghpur, and Bhadrak are the 4 high-risk zones in Odisha’s coastal belt the place the approaching cyclone threatens to wreak large-scale destruction.

Ahead of the cyclone’s landfall, the DRDO’s Integrated Test Range has put in place preventive measures to defend its missile launch pads at Chandipur and one launch advanced at Abdul Kalam Island, off the coast of Odisha in West Bengal.


Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and governor Jagdeep Dhankhar visited the management room, arrange in state secretariat Nabanna, to evaluate the preparations for Cyclone Yaas. The CM later informed ANI that she has spoken to all district magistrates, and will likely be staying in Nabanna in a single day to carefully monitor the scenario.

The NDRF has already evacuated over eight lakh individuals from susceptible and low-lying areas in 14 districts of West Bengal, it stated in a press release.

However, disaster struck unexpectedly when a “tornado” hit the state’s Hooghly and North 24 Parganas districts. At least two individuals have been electrocuted to dying and round 80 homes have been partly broken in the freak occasion.

The Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) and the hearth companies division have arrange 24X7 management rooms. According to an official assertion, tree cutters and different fire-fighting gear have been readied for firemen to undertake post-cyclone aid work. Fire companies minister Sujit Bose will likely be on the management room monitoring the scenario throughout the subsequent two days.

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Preparations for rescue and aid operations have been accomplished on Tuesday, the place the results of the cyclone are prone to be felt in the districts of East Singhbhum, West Singhbhum, Seraikela Kharsawan, Khunti, Simdega and Gumla. Wind speeds might attain 90 kmph or extra in these areas, together with heavy rainfall in some locations.

The influence of Cyclone Yaas will likely be felt probably the most on May 26-27, with a decelerate predicted for May 28.

A management room to maintain tabs on the regulation and order scenario throughout the storm has been arrange in Ranchi. Several districts have additionally issued helpline numbers.

Jharkhand chief minister Hemant Soren directed the catastrophe administration division to make sure that electrical energy and oxygen provide is maintained in hospitals. Officials have been requested to keep watch over low-lying areas of the Swarnarekha river that are vulnerable to flooding. Due to the potential for heavy rainfall washing away kaccha homes, a shelter has been opened to accommodate individuals.


District authorities issued an advisory following the IMD’s prediction of doable heavy rainfall together with thunder and lightning in as many as 27 districts of Uttar Pradesh, together with PM Narendra Modi’s constituency, Varanasi, between May 26-27. Several helpline numbers have additionally been arrange for info associated to the cyclone.

In the advisory, individuals have been cautioned towards falling for faux information or baseless rumours, and to hearken to the radio, watch TV and browse newspapers to remain up to date concerning the climate. Turn off energy mains and fuel provide when you’re at house throughout the storm, the advisory goes on so as to add. Fishermen have been warned towards venturing into the river throughout unhealthy climate, and informed to maintain their boats at a excessive and protected place.


Owing to the potential for thunderstorms and rain in the state from May 27 to May 30, Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar performed a high-level assembly with the division of catastrophe administration and district magistrates to evaluate preparedness for Cyclone Yaas.

Bihar chief minister conducts a high-level assembly to evaluate preparedness for Cyclone Yaas.

The NDRF and SDRF are in a state of readiness and all involved departments have made obligatory preparations to cope with the cyclonic storm predicted to have an effect on the whole thing of the state. The CM stated that in the occasion of disruption of energy provide throughout the storm, therapy of sufferers in all authorities and personal hospitals shouldn’t be affected, and for authorities to maintain a contingency plan prepared.

(With inputs from Md Suffian, Anupam Mishra, Roshan Jaiswal and Satyajeet Kumar)

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