Cyclone Amphan: Heavy rain, 160-170 kmph winds wreak havoc in Bengal's coastal districts, 2 killed
New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: The landfall of Amphan Cyclone commenced at 2:30 pm today with strong winds and heavy rains lashing coastal parts of West Bengal and Odisha. According to the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) the landfall is likely to continue for 2-3 hours. The IMD Director General Mrutyunjay Mohapatra also said that they are expecting the super cyclonic storm to completely enter the land by 7 pm today. At around 4 pm, the cyclone crossed the West Bengal Coast between Digha & Hatiya close to Sunderban.
Meanwhile, the IMD also said that South and North 24 Parganas and East Medinipur districts will witness two spells of high speed winds and heavy rainfall, due to passage of both rear and front sectors of Cyclone Amphan, with around 30 minutes interval.
In view of the landfall of the super cyclone, nearly 6.5 lakh people have been evacuated from the two affected states. The Kolkata airport has also suspended all its operations, including the special planes that were deployed to bring back Indians stranded abroad due to Covid-19, till 5 am tomorrow and has issued a red alert in various coastal districts.
Here are the LIVE Updates of Cyclone Amphan:
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5:55 pm: "We are hopeful that by 7 pm the entire cyclone will enter the land," says IMD Director General Mrutyunjay Mohapatra.
5:45 pm: Cyclone Amphan will start weakening after landfall. Northern and central districts of WB, Assam, Meghalaya, east Bihar and east Jharkhand to get moderate to heavy rains until tomorrow morning.
5:35 pm: Landfall process of Cyclone Amphan is on. Eye of Cyclone will enter land anytime now. Landfall will be completed in another 2 hours. Core winds are 150 to 160 Kmph. Take care for next 5 hours. Caution for 24 South Pargana, Medinipur and Sunderban.
5:25 pm: Storm surge has begun from today afternoon, 4 - 5 metres over south & north 24 Parganas, 3 - 4 metres over East Medinipur Tidal wave can go around 10 - 15 km inward from the coast, through the river system
5:20 pm: Super Cyclone #Amphan is crossing West Bengal Coast between Digha&Hatiya close to Sunderban. The forward sector of wall clouds has entered into the land. Landfall process will continue and take 2-3 hours to complete: IMD in a bulletin issued at 4:30 pm; Visuals from Digha
5:00 pm: South and North 24 Parganas and East Medinipur districts will witness two spells of high speed winds and heavy rainfall, due to passage of both rear and front sectors of Cyclone Amphan, with around 30 minutes interval.
4:55 pm: Super Cyclone Amphan is crossing West Bengal Coast between Digha & Hatiya close to Sunderban. The forward sector of wall clouds has entered into the land. Landfall process will continue and take 2-3 hours to complete: India Meteorological Department in a bulletin issued at 4:30 pm
4:40 pm: Maximum speed of 155 - 165 kmph expected in South and North 24 Parganas and in East Medinipur districts of West Bengal.
4:30 pm: Here's the Post Landfall outlook and the Damage Expected and Action suggested for interior districts of Gangetic West Bengal.
4:25 pm: After crossing Sunderbans, Cyclone Amphan is expected to pass near Kolkata. 110 - 120 kmph wind speed is expected in Kolkata, Howrah and Hooghly districts. - DG
4:23 pm: Maximum wind speed of 106 kmph has been recorded today at Paradip, Odisha. High wind speed and heavy to very heavy rainfall are being observed, as per forecast.
4:20 pm: Bhadrak and Balasore (in Odisha) will continue to have damaging impact for 2-3 more hours. After this Odisha will not have any damaging impact: Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) Chief Mrutyunjay Mohapatra
4:15 pm: More than 5 Lakh people have been evacuated in West Bengal and 1,58,640 people in Odisha: SN Pradhan, NDRF chief
4:10 pm: Based on experiences during cyclone FANI, all the teams are equipped with tree cutters/pole cutters for post landfall restoration, if need arises: SN Pradhan, NDRF chief
4:05 pm: #WATCH Odisha: Rainfall and strong winds at Chandipur in Balasore district. The landfall process of #CycloneAmphan commenced since 2:30 PM, will continue for about 4 hours. pic.twitter.com/E75GWzHmwz
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3:55 pm: There is info about 1 casualty in Bhadrak. Medical&admin team proceeded to village to inquest, after which exact cause of death can be decided by Collector. Another death occurred yesterday. It is not cyclone related death as of now: PK Jena,Special Relief Commissioner
3:45 pm: AMPHAN about 65 km east-southeast of Digha (West Bengal) at 1430 IST of 20th May. Landfall process commenced since 2:30 PM. It will continue for about 4 hours. The forward sector of the wall cloud region is entering into land in West Bengal.
3:40 pm: Cyclone #Amphan has moved down its originally forecasted path. It has already crossed Paradip, Kendrapara, Dhamra, and right now it is at sea adjoining Balasore. Maybe in another 3 hours, it will make landfall: Pradeep Kumar Jena, IAS Special Relief Commissioner
3:35 pm: Update of AMPHAN- Landfall process of cyclone started Cyclone wall cloud is already on land. Pray for safety of people
3:30 pm: West Bengal: Under influence of super cyclonic Storm #CycloneAmphan, Kolkata, adjoining coastal districts experiencing rains since last night . Special vigil has been kept at Sundarbans , sea town Digha , Bakkhali , Sagar Island and Hingalgunj areas. pic.twitter.com/SbskzKEdgG
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Uprooted trees are being shifted by NDRF personnel at Digha in East Midnapur District of West Bengal
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3:20 pm: The landfall process commenced since 2:30 PM, will continue for about 4 hours. The forward sector of the wall cloud region is entering into land in West Bengal: Director, IMD Bhubaneswar
3:15 pm: Bangladesh on Wednesday reported its first death due to the Amphan Cyclone, news agency AFP has reported, just an hour before the "extremely severe cyclonic storm" is expected to make landfall.
2:45 pm: AMPHAN about 105 km southeast of Digha (West Bengal) at 1330 IST of 20th May. To cross West Bengal-Bangladesh coasts between Digha (west Bengal) and Hatiya Islands (Bangladesh) close to Sunderbans. Landfall process to commence from today late afternoon (4pm onwards)
2:20 pm: Amphan Super Cyclone to move north-northeastwards and cross West Bengal-Bangladesh coast between Digha and Hatiya close to Sunderbans during late afternoon to evening hours of today (1600 hours IST onwards) with a wind speed of 155-165 kmph gusting to 185 kmph: IMD
1:35 pm: AMPHAN about 95 km south-southeast of Digha (West Bengal) at 1230 IST of 20th May. To cross West Bengal-Bangladesh coasts between Digha (west Bengal) and Hatiya Islands (Bangladesh) close to Sunderbans. Landfall process to commence from today late afternoon (4pm onwards)
1:10 pm: West Bengal: Villagers and livestock in Jogeshganj, North 24 Paraganas being shifted to a shelter, as cyclone Amphan is expected to make a landfall today evening
12:30 pm: UPDATE - Super Cyclone Amphan about 125 km south-southeast of Digha (West Bengal) at 11:30 am. To cross West Bengal-Bangladesh coasts between Digha, West Bengal & Hatiya Islands, Bangladesh close to Sunderbans. Landfall process to commence from afternoon: India Meteorological Dept
12:15 pm: Odisha: Trees uprooted in Paradip as wind speed touches 102 km/ph. Cyclone Amphan is expected to make landfall today.
12:05 pm: We're looking at time & possible speed of Amphan's landing. As per IMD, storm surge could be 4-6 meters of seawater which will enter land area.NDRF teams are coordinating with local administration for storm surge response.41 teams are deployed in Odisha&West Bengal:NDRF Chief
11:55 am: Wind speed has picked up near coastal Odisha& is blowing at around 100 kmph at Paradip. Wind is not that strong in West Bengal. Odisha has evacuated nearly 1.5 lakh people from Balasore & Bhadrak & West Bengal has evacuated over 3.3 lakh people: NDRF Chief SN Pradhan on Amphan.
11:45 am: Cyclone Amphan lies 177 km south southeast of Digha. After landfall, it is likely to move north northeast close to Kolkata. At the time of crossing coast, wind speed to be around 155-165kmph. It is likely to retain intensity as cyclone till May21 morning: Dy Director, IMD Kolkata
11:25 am: Super Cyclone Amphan about 120 km east of Paradip (Odisha) at 10:30 am. To cross West Bengal-Bangladesh coasts between Digha (West Bengal) and Hatiya Islands (Bangladesh) close to Sunderbans. Landfall process to commence from the afternoon: India Meteorological Department (IMD)
11:20 am: Eastern Naval Command is monitoring the developments in the Bay of Bengal closely & Naval Officers-in-Charge (West Bengal) & (Odisha) are in constant communication with respective State Administrations to augment rescue and relief operations as needed: Indian Navy
11:15 am: 20 rescue teams with Gemini boats & medical teams also kept ready for augmenting rescue & relief efforts in Odisha & West Bengal. Naval aircraft also standing by at Naval Air Stations - INS Dega, Visakhapatnam & INS Rajali, Arakkonam: Indian Navy
11:10 am: Odisha: Heavy rain and strong wind continues to lash Chandipur, as widespread effect of Amphan Cyclone
11:03 am: These ships are embarked with additional divers, doctors, inflatable rubber boats & relief material including food, tentage, clothes, medicines, blankets in sufficient quantities: Indian Navy
11:00 am: Eastern Naval Command in high degree of readiness to render necessary humanitarian assistance. Naval ships at Vizag on standby to proceed to affected areas to undertake Humanitarian Aid Distress Relief, evacuation, & logistic support including providing medical aid: Indian Navy
10:50 am: Indian Coast Guard ships and aircraft are kept at stand by for deployment to undertake area scan, search & rescue and relief effort
10:35 am: Cyclone Amphan to move north-northeastwards and cross West Bengal-Bangladesh coast between Digha & Hatiya close to Sunderbans during afternoon to evening today with a wind speed of 155-165kmph gusting to 185 kmph: IMD
10:10 am: All operations suspended at Kolkata Airport till 5 am tomorrow in view of Cyclone Amphan including special flights, which were operational in view of COVID19 pandemic: Airport Director West Bengal
9:55 am: Cyclone 'AMPHAN' lies 110kms from Paradip & is moving at a speed of 18-19kmph. An hour ago, wind speed of 102kmph was observed at Paradip. Landfall expected near Sunderbans in West Bengal by late evening today. Next 6-8 hrs crucial: PK Jena, Special Relief Commissioner, Odisha
9:35 am: Super Cyclone Amphan about 120 km east-southeast of Paradip, Odisha at 8:30 am today. To cross West Bengal-Bangladesh coasts between Digha (West Bengal) and Hatiya Islands (Bangladesh) close to Sunderbans. Landfall process to commence from the afternoon: India Meteorological Dept
9:10 am: West Bengal: A disaster management and civil defence personnel urges citizens to stay indoors as Digha sees high tide and strong winds
8:35 am: Wind speed in Paradip at 102 km/ph, Chandbali at 74 km/ph, Bhubaneswar at 37 km/ph, Balasore at 61 km/ph, and Puri at 41 km/ph. Cyclone Amphan expected to make landfall today afternoon/evening: India Meteorological Department (IMD)
8:20 am: Super Cyclone Amphan centered at 6:30 am today as an extremely severe cyclonic storm over northwest Bay of Bengal, about 125 km nearly south-southeast of Paradip: India Meteorological Department (IMD)
8:05 am: Odisha: Strong winds and high tides at Chandipur in Balasore district, as Cyclone Amphan is expected to make landfall today.
7:55 am: 1704 shelter camps have been set up and 119075 people have been evacuated so far in Odisha in view of Cyclone Amphan.
7:45 am: 19 National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) teams have been deployed in West Bengal- 6 teams in South-24 Parganas, 4 teams each in East Midnapore & Kolkata, 3 teams in North-24 Parganas, 1 team each in Hooghly & Howrah: Nishit Upadhyay, NDRF 2nd Battalion Commandant
7:40 am: Paradip (Odisha) reported wind speed of 82 kmph (44 knots) at 0430 hrs IST and rainfall 11.0 mm (hourly)/ 144.1mm (progressive total): India Meteorological Department
7:30 am: Cyclone Amphan over Bay of Bengal near latitude 18.4°N & longitude 87.1°E, about 210 km nearly south of Paradip (Odisha). To cross West Bengal-Bangladesh coasts between Digha (WB)& Hatiya Islands (Bangladesh) close to Sundarbans during afternoon to evening hours of 20th May: IMD
The gale-force wind, blowing at a speed of 240 to 250 kmph and gusting to 275 kmph at one point, had lost intensity and was moving at a speed of 200 to 210 kmph, gusting to 230 kmph on Tuesday evening.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said around three lakh people have been evacuated from the coastal areas in the state, while around one lakh people were shifted to cyclone shelters in Odisha.
Union Home Minister Amit Shah also spoke to Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and his West Bengal counterpart Mamata Banerjee to review the preparedness for the impending cyclone. Banerjee said she will talk to the railways and ask it to not run Shramik Special trains to the state to bring back migrant labourers from Wednesday till Thursday morning as a precautionary measure.
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