Cyclone Amphan weakens into 'extremely severe' category, rain lashes several parts of Odisha

In a statement, the IMD said the super cyclonic storm Amphan over Westcentral and adjoining Eastcentral Bay of Bengal moved nearly north-northeastwards with a speed of 14 kmph during the past six hours.

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The super cyclone is now being continuously tracked by the Doppler Weather Radar (DWR) at Vishakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh.
The super cyclone 'Amphan' has weakened into an extremely severe cyclonic storm as it approaches towards the West Bengal coast. The Meteorological Department has warned of very heavy to extremely heavy rainfall over the north coastal Odisha and gangetic West Bengal.

The Met department has warned of extensive damage in Kolkata, Hooghly, Howrah, South and North 24 Parganas and East Midnapore districts.

Here are the updates:
  • Super cyclone 'Amphan' weakens as it rolls towards Indian shores, lakhs evacuated.
  • Odisha government advises migrants against returning home in coastal districts
  • Indian Oil refinery, Haldia Petrochemical plant put on high alert
  • Bangladesh orders overnight evacuation of vulnerable people as cyclone Amphan approaches
  • Meghalaya chief minister Conrad K Sangma chairs meeting to review preparedness
  • Indian Coast Guard issues alert for merchant vessels, international vessels and fishing boats
  • Telecommunications department, Power Ministry ready with plan to deal with cyclone Amphan.
  • Amphan is the most intense cyclone - the second super cyclone - which has been formed in the Bay of Bengal after 1999.
  • Super Cyclonic Storm ‘AMPHAN’ is very likely to cross West Bengal – Bangladesh coasts between Digha and Hatiya Islands close to Sundarbans on 20 May with max wind speed of 155-165 kmph.
  • Odisha to use SMS-based alert system, play tower siren to evacuate people.
  • Light to moderate rainfall at most places with heavy to very heavy falls at a few places over the western districts of Assam and Meghalaya on 21st May: IMD
  • Assam issues 'high alert' on cyclone 'Amphan'
  • A special Control Room for cyclone Amphan will be functional from tomorrow 8am onwards: Kolkata Police.
  • Fishing trawlers and boats in the Bay of Bengal have been told to take shelter until further notice.
  • The eye of the storm is likely to pass through the Sunderban mangrove forests, one of the largest tracts of mangroves in the world.
  • A total of 41 NDRF teams including reserves are deployed in Odisha and West Bengal: NDRF
  • At least 3 lakh people evacuated from 3 coastal districts of WB and moved to relief shelters, says CM Mamata Banerjee.
  • Indian Navy dispatches diving team to Kolkata to provide assistance in relief operations
  • BSF moves ships, patrol boats to safe anchor in Sunderbans.
  • The super cyclone is currently situated 670 km south-southwest of Digha in West Bengal. The Met department said that gale wind speeds reaching up to 240 kmph were prevailing over west-central and adjoining east-central Bay of Bengal but is expected to weaken as it approaches the coast.
  • The super cyclone is now being continuously tracked by the Doppler Weather Radar (DWR) at Vizag, Andhra Pradesh.
  • Addressing a press conference on Monday, IMD chief Mrutyunjay Mohapatra said that Amphan was expected to make the biggest impact in South and North 24 Parganas and East Medinipur districts of West Bengal.
  • The IMD has advised a complete shutdown of shipping and boating activities in vulnerable parts of West Bengal and Odisha till May 20. Rerouting or shutting down of rail and road traffic has also been advised in the areas which the super cyclone is expected to hit.
  • The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) deployed 37 teams in the coastal areas, as the states begin evacuating people from vulnerable areas.
  • PM Modi reviewed the situation with Union Home Minister Amit Shah and top government officials, as the impending super cyclone compounded worries at a time when it is grappling with mounting Covid-19 cases and casualties.
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