Odisha relaxes shutdown in 10 coastal districts
The Odisha government on Monday relaxed the coronavirus-induced lockdown and allowed shops to remain open in 10 coastal districts from 7 am to 1 pm on May 24 and 25 so that people get more time to buy essential items before the impact of the cyclone, PTI reported. The shops were earlier allowed to remain open between 7 am and 11 am on weekdays due to the lockdown.
‘Yaas’ intensifies into cyclonic storm, likely to cross Odisha-Bengal coasts on May 26
A deep depression over the Bay of Bengal has intensified into cyclonic storm ‘Yaas’ and is likely to cross the Odisha-West Bengal coasts on May 26 after turning into a very severe cyclonic storm, the MeT Department said on Monday. ‘Yaas’ is likely to cross the Odisha-West Bengal coasts between Paradip and Sagar Islands around noon on May 26 as a very severe cyclonic storm with wind speeds of 155-165 kmph, Kolkata’s Regional Meteorological Centre Deputy Director Sanjib Bandopadhyay said.
NDRF commits 99 teams across states to be affected by Cyclone Yaas
The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has committed 99 teams across Odisha, West Bengal, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Andaman and Nicobar Islands, in view of cyclone Yaas, NDRF DG SN Pradhan was quoted as saying by ANI.
These West Bengal areas may witness extremely heavy rainfall as Cyclone Yaas approaches
The spread and intensity of rain will increase on May 26 with the possibility of “extremely heavy rainfall” in West Bengal’s Jhargram, East and West Midnapore, North and South 24 Parganas, Howrah, Hooghly and Kolkata, said Sanjib Bandopadhyay, the deputy director of the Regional Met Centre in Kolkata, according to PTI. “Heavy to very heavy rainfall will occur in Nadia, East and West Bardhaman, Bankura, Purulia and Birbhum,” he said.
Heavy rain will also occur in Murshidabad, Malda and Dakshin Dinajpur districts of the state, he said. Bandopadhyay said that heavy rain is likely in the sub-Himalayan and western districts of the state on May 27.
Odisha fishermen told to not venture into sea
As many as 60 teams of Odisha Disaster Rapid Action Force are being deployed in the state with equipment for rescue, relief and recovery in view of cyclone Yaas “Fishermen have been asked not to venture into the sea. We’ll try to ensure there is no casualty,” Additional SP, Paradeep, told news agency ANI.
Paradeep | 60 teams of Odisha Disaster Rapid Action Force being deployed in the State with equipment for rescue, relief & recovery, in view of cyclone Yaas
“Fishermen have been asked not to venture into the sea. We’ll try to ensure there is no casualty,” Additional SP, Paradeep pic.twitter.com/O71L6bNYed
— ANI (@ANI) May 24, 2021
IMD warns of cyclonic storm today
The IMD said that a low-pressure area in the Bay of Bengal has turned into a depression that will further intensify into a cyclonic storm by Monday. “It (the depression) is very likely to move north-northwestwards and intensify into a cyclonic storm by 24th May morning and further into a very severe cyclonic storm during the subsequent 24 hours. “It would continue to move north-northwestwards, intensify further and reach Northwest Bay of Bengal near West Bengal and north Odisha coasts by 26th May morning,” the Cyclone Warning Division of the IMD said.
Amit Shah to hold meeting with Bengal, Odisha, Andhra CMs
Union Home Minister Amit Shah will hold a meeting via video conference on Monday with the chief ministers of Odisha, Andhra Pradesh, and West Bengal, and the Lieutenant Governor of Andaman and Nicobar Islands to review preparations in view of Cyclone Yaas.
JP Nadda to hold a meeting via video conferencing today with MPs and state office-bearers of the States likely to be affected due to cyclone Yaas
BJP National President JP Nadda will hold a meeting via video conferencing today with MPs and state office-bearers of the States likely to be affected due to cyclone Yaas
(file pic) pic.twitter.com/G0MmAlli3L
— ANI (@ANI) May 24, 2021
PM Modi reviews preparedness for cyclone Yaas, asks for timely evacuation of people
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday called for timely evacuation of those involved in offshore activities as he chaired a highlevel meeting to review the preparedness of states and central government agencies to deal with the situation arising out of cyclone Yaas.
Prepare for worst-case scenario, evacuate on overdrive: NDRF chief’s advice to states as cyclone ‘Yaas’ brews
As West Bengal and Odisha brace for another severe cyclone after the Amphan havoc last year, NDRF chief S N Pradhan has urged authorities in the two states to adopt an “overpreparing” approach for the impending natural disaster, and carry out evacuation even in the least vulnerable places. He said those engaged in evacuation work must realise as well as make people understand that the choice is between temporary discomfort and death.
Cyclone Yaas: IAF keeps 11 transport aircraft, 25 helicopters on standby
The Indian Air Force (IAF) has kept 11 transport aircraft and 25 helicopters ready to carry out humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations as part of preparations to deal with the situation arising out of Cyclone Yaas, officials said on Sunday. The IAF airlifted 21 tonnes of relief materials and 334 National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) personnel to Kolkata and Port Blair from three different places on Sunday as the government initiated a series of measures to tackle the cyclone that is brewing in the Bay of Bengal, they said.
Armed forces, ICG take steps to mitigate impact of cyclone Yaas
The tri-services and the Indian Coast Guard have taken several steps to mitigate the impact of cyclone Yaas that is expected to hit the eastern coast of India on Monday, the defence ministry said. The cyclone in the Bay of Bengal is expected to hit the coastal regions of West Bengal and Odisha on Monday morning, a week after cyclone Tauktae in the Arabian Sea devastated the coastal areas of Gujarat.
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AAI Chief Reviews Preparedness
In the wake of approaching cyclone, Chairman, AAI today headed the second review meeting to supervise preparedness of AAI airports. The virtual meeting was attended by REDs of Southern and Eastern Regions and APDs of airports that are likely to be impacted by the cyclone.
In the wake of approaching #YaasCyclone; Chairman, #AAI today headed the second Review Meeting to supervise preparedness of #AAI airports. The virtual meeting was attended by REDs of Southern and Eastern Regions and APDs of airports that are likely to be impacted by the cyclone. pic.twitter.com/nIjl8LTxdi
— Airports Authority of India (@AAI_Official) May 23, 2021
IAF keeps 11 transport aircraft, 25 helicopters on standby
The Indian Air Force (IAF) has kept 11 transport aircraft and 25 helicopters ready to carry out humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations as part of preparations to deal with the situation arising out of Cyclone Yaas, officials said on Sunday. The IAF airlifted 21 tonnes of relief materials and 334 National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) personnel to Kolkata and Port Blair from three different places on Sunday as the government initiated a series of measures to tackle the cyclone that is brewing in the Bay of Bengal, they said. (PTI)
Low pressure area on east-central Bay of Bengal has concentrated into a depression today & it is located about 700 km away from Balasore and Digha. It is expected to move north & northwestwards & intensify into a cyclonic storm by May 24 morning: Mrutyunjay Mohapatra DGM, IMD
Depression in Bay of Bengal to develop into cyclonic storm by Monday: IMD
A low-pressure area in the Bay of Bengal has intensified into a depression that will cross the West Bengal and Odisha coasts on May 26 as a “very severe cyclonic storm”, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said on Sunday. The depression is expected to intensify into a cyclonic storm, “Yaas”, by Monday, it added.
The Ministry of Telecom is keeping all telecom towers and exchanges under constant watch and is fully geared to restore telecom networks while the Union Health Ministry has issued advisory to states and UTs concerned for health sector preparedness and response to COVID-19 in affected areas, it added. The NDRF is assisting state agencies in their preparedness for evacuating people from vulnerable locations and is also continuously holding community awareness campaign on dealing with the cyclonic situation: PMO
Coast Guard gears up to take on cyclone ‘Yaas’
The Indian Coast Guard (ICG) on Saturday geared up to meet the likely challenges from the developing cyclonic storm Yaas on the east coast.
Coastal Radar Station in the States and Union territories of Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, Andhra Pradesh, Odisha and West Bengal are continuously relaying messages both in English and vernacular languages alert merchant vessels, fishing boats, fisheries survey vessels, scientific research vessels, oil rigs, accommodation barges and support vessels operating in Offshore Development Areas (ODAs), among others, PTI reported.
Though fishing ban has been enforced on the east coast, CG ships and aircraft at sea are broadcasting weather warning to fishermen who may be operating at sea and directing them to return to the nearest harbour for safety, the news agency added.
Indian Air Force assists with preparedness for Cyclone Yaas
Indian Air Force is airlifting equipment and personnel to mitigate the impact of Cyclone Yaas in Bengal and Odisha.
Airlift of 21T of #HADR eqpt & 334 personnel of @NDRFHQ by 5xC-130 aircraft from Patna & Varanasi to Kolkata and Arakkonam to Port Blair is currently underway. #IAF has airlifted 606 personnel and 57T load of NDRF since 21 May, to mitigate the cyclone effect. pic.twitter.com/CrhmhJAwX3
— Indian Air Force (@IAF_MCC) May 23, 2021
18 NDRF teams pre-positioned in Odisha
Eighteen teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) have been pre-positioned at Balasore, Bhadrak, Kendrapara, Jajpur, Jagatsinghpur and Mayurbhanj while four teams are on standby in Odisha, DG NDRF Satya Pradhan was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.
All cyclone shelters to be provided with masks: Odisha official
Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) PK Jena said people in all cyclone shelters will be provided with masks and arrangements for their health check-up will be made by rapid response teams. If any person tests positive for the coronavirus infection in cyclone centres, he or she will be shifted to COVID-19 hospitals, news agency PTI quoted Jena as saying.
Monitor preparedness, suggest measures to district administrations daily: Odisha CM to Chief Secretary
Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has directed Chief Secretary SC Mahapatra to monitor the preparedness of the district administrations daily and suggest measures to them. He also asked the administrations of coastal districts to prepare for heavy rain and wind even though India Meteorological Department is yet to make an exact forecast about the landfall of Cyclone Yaas.
14 Odisha districts on alert ahead of Cyclone Yaas
The Odisha government has placed 14 districts, including Balasore, Bhadrak, Kendrapara and Jagatsinghpur, on alert. Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said evacuating people to safe places is most essential and that special care should be given to children, pregnant women, and elderly persons.
West Bengal sets up control rooms to monitor Cyclone Yaas situation
The West Bengal has set a control room to monitor the situation at the state secretariat Nabanna’, which will work round the clock. The phone numbers of the control room are 1070 and 033-22143526, Mamata Banerjee said. Besides the centralised control room, the state government has opened several smaller control rooms in coastal areas of the state, an official said. “The CM will remain present at the control room in Nabanna on the days when the cyclone is about to hit the coastal areas of the state. She will be accompanied by other senior officers of the government,” he said.
Mamata Banerjee says officials advised to integrate command, plan early evacuation
“All officials have been advised integrated command, advance planning and early evacuation from coastal and riverine areas to rescue shelters including cyclone and flood shelters, and to conduct relief and rehabilitation operations at the earliest,” West Bengal Chief Minister said in a tweet on Saturday.
All precautionary steps taken in Bengal for Cyclone Yaas
The West Bengal government has taken all precautionary measures to deal with Cyclone Yaas, likely to hit the state on May 26, and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will stay at a control room set up for the purpose to monitor the situation, officials said on Saturday, Banerjee, who held a high-level meeting at the state secretariat during the day, said that relief materials were dispatched to vulnerable areas, while officials were directed for early evacuation of people from coastal and riverine areas.