After ‘Cyclone Tauktae’ ravaged the west coast of the country earlier this week, the east coast is now facing the threat of ‘Cyclone Yaas‘. The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has begun positioning its teams in West Bengal and Odisha following the weather department’s alert that the cyclone may hit these states on the eastern coast on this Monday.
Rainfall warning has been issued for Odisha and West Bengal. In Gangetic West Bengal, the department has predicted light to moderate rainfall at most places with heavy falls at isolated places over coastal districts from 25th May.
“The low pressure area is very likely to concentrate into a depression over east central Bay of Bengal by tomorrow, the 23rd May morning. It is very likely to move north-northwestwards, intensify into a Cyclonic Storm by 24th May and further into a very severe cyclonic storm during the subsequent 24 hours,” the India Meteorological Department told news agency Press Trust of India.
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18 NDRF teams pre-positioned at Balasore, Bhadrak, Kendrapara, Jajpur, Jagatsinghpur and Mayurbhanj and 4 teams on standby in Odisha,” DG NDRF Satya Pradhan said as Odisha takes precautionary measures to deal with Cyclone Yaas.