After cyclone Tauktae, cyclone Yaas is likely to hit coastal regions of Odisha and West Bengal. Due to the presence of a cyclonic circulation, a Low-pressure area is very likely to form over east-central Bay of Bengal and adjoining north Andaman Sea on 22nd May 2021. According to the Meteorological department, it is very likely to move northwestwards and intensify into a Cyclonic Storm by 24th May. It would continue to move northwestwards, intensify further and reach North Bay of Bengal near Odisha- West Bengal coasts around 26th May morning.
Warnings by Meteorological Department
The Indian Meteorological department issued a warning to the regions of Andaman Nicobar Islands of light to moderate rainfall at most places with heavy to very
heavy rainfalls at isolated places during 21 to 23 May and the Odisha west Bengal coastal region are predicted to have light to moderate rainfall at most places with heavy falls at isolated places very likely to commence from 25th May with significant increase in spatial extension and intensity subsequently.
Wind speed is likely to increase over east central Bay of Bengal and adjoining north Andaman Sea from 23rd Morning. Sea conditions are also expected to be rough to very rough over Andaman Sea & adjoining east central Bay of Bengal on 23rd May, High to very High over major parts of central Bay of Bengal, north Bay of Bengal and along & off Odisha – West Bengal coasts during 24th and 26th May as per IMD.
Fishermans have also been warned to not venture out in the southeast Bay of Bengal & south Andaman Sea from 21st May onwards, central Bay of Bengal from 23rd – 25th May and into north Bay of Bengal and along & off West Bengal – Odisha – Bangladesh coasts from 24th and 26th May. Those who are out in the Deep Sea are advised to return to the coast by 23rd May.
Centre Guideline to stock up health facilities before the cyclone yaas
The union health secretary Rajesh Bhushan sent a letter to the Chief Secretary of States of Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, Tamil Nadu, and West Bengal and Administrator of Andaman and Nicobar Island issuing a list of measures to be taken in view of the upcoming cyclone amidst the surge of Covid19 cases.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has directed officials to prepare for the Cyclone. Special relief commissioner Pradeep Jena has also made a statement that Odisha is well prepared to tackle the possible cyclone. In view of cyclone Yaas, the NDRF has already started airlifting teams to locations in Odisha and West Bengal. The Indian Coast guard has also been patrolling the seas to ensure ships and fishing boats reach the shore to take shelter as soon as possible.