Cyclone Amphan will reach near Kolkata by this evening: IMD

The cyclone has already triggered heavy rains in coastal Odisha and West Bengal, uprooting trees and forcing evacuation of over four lakh people.

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As of 1pm, the super cyclone was lying 150km east-northeast of Paradip.
Super Cyclone Amphan has begun making landfall near the Sunderbans in West Bengal and will reach near Kolkata by this evening, said IMD in a presser. The cyclone has already triggered heavy rains in coastal Odisha and West Bengal.

NDRF Director General S N Pradhan, commenting on the developments said the situation related to cyclone, which has started landfall, is fast transforming and a close watch is being kept. "The situation is fast-transforming. Our duty becomes even more now and after the cyclone. It is a long haul," he said, adding that the NDRF is keeping a close watch on cyclone Amphan.

The weather body also said the landfall process of extremely severe cyclone 'Amphan' had commenced at 2.30 pm and would continue for four hours. 'Amphan' is likely to make a landfall somewhere between Digha and Hatiya islands in Bangladesh close to the Sunderbans. The cyclone has already triggered heavy rains in coastal Odisha and West Bengal, uprooting trees and forcing evacuation of over four lakh people.


As of 1pm, the super cyclone was lying 150km east-northeast of Paradip; 95km south-southeast of Digha, 90km nearly south of Sagar island and 260km west-southwest of Khepupara in Bangladesh, the IMD said.
Bhadrak and Balasore will continue to have damaging impact for 2-3 more hours. After this Odisha will not have any damaging impact, emphasised IMD Chief.
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