New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Cyclone 'Amphan' intensified into a super cyclonic storm on Monday and is likely to move across northeast Bay of Bengal and cross West Bengal and Bangladesh coasts between Digha and the Hatia island on May 20, the IMD said.

It lay centred around 780 km south of Paradip in Odisha, 930 km south-southwest of Digha in West Bengal and 1,050 km south-southwest of Khepupara in Bangladesh.

The Cyclone is likely to move north-northeastwards and across northwest Bay of Bengal and cross West Bengal and Bangladesh coasts between the sea resort of Digha (in West Bengal) and Hatia island (in Bangladesh) as very severe cyclonic storm, the IMD said.

The wind speed due to the supercyclone over the Bay of Bengal may go up to 230 kmph and even 265 kmph, but 'Amphan' will gradually weaken on the sea itself before its landfall on May 20, the department added.

Here are the Highlights about CYCLONE AMPHAN:

5:00 pm: We are expecting a slight delay in the arrival of monsoon in Kerala due to tropical cyclone. Monsoon is expected to hit Kerala coast by June 5: IMD chief Mrutyunjay Mohapatra

4:55 pm: SMS alerts are being generated to people in affected dists, for evacuation. It is upto state govts that in what frequency they want to send alerts. It's free of cost. It'll be in local languages.Intra-circle roaming will continue after cyclone crosses: Telecom Secy

4:50 pm: Telecom service providers have been asked to arrange sufficient no.of generator sets with enough diesel&station them in all dists so that if there is any power disruption, then the towers can be restarted with the help of these gen-sets: Telecom Secy Anshu Prakash

4:45 pm: It is very likely to move north-northeastwards across northwest Bay of Bengal and cross West Bengal – Bangladesh coasts between Digha (West Bengal) and Hatiya Islands (Bangladesh) close to Sundarbans during afternoon to evening hours of 20th May 2020: IMD

4:40 pm: Super Cyclonic Storm #AMPHAN over Westcentral Bay of Bengal moved north-northeastwards with a speed of 17 kmph during past 6 hours & lay centred at 1130 hrs IST of 19th May 2020 as an Extremely Severe Cyclonic Storm over Westcentral Bay of Bengal: India Meteorological Department

4:35 pm: As far as West Bengal is concerned, the districts which can be possibly affected are North & South 24 Parganas and East Midnapore districts. Kolkata, Hooghly, Howrah and West Midnapore districts will face wind speed of 110-120 kmph gusting up to 135 kmph: IMD Chief

4:25 pm: This is the most intense cyclone - the second super cyclone - which has been formed in Bay of Bengal after 1999. Its wind speed in the sea right now is 200-240 kmph. It is moving towards north northwestward direction: IMD chief Mrutyunjay Mohapatra

4:15 pm: Every Battalion has 4 teams, so there are 24 teams on standby: NDRF Chief SN Pradhan Amphan Cyclone

4:00 pm: We've kept addl backup. 6 NDRF Battalions - 11, 9, 1, 10, 4, 5 have been identified for it. 11 battalion is in Varanasi, 9 in Patna, 1 in Guwahati, 10 in Vijaywada, 4 in Arakkonam&5 battalion in Pune. They have military airports&troops can be brought on short notice: NDRF Chief

3:45 pm: 15 teams are deployed in Odisha. They are carrying out awareness drives, communication drives, and evacuation. 19 teams are deployed in West Bengal, 2 in standby there. We are facing a dual challenge right now - #COVID19 and cyclone: NDRF Chief SN Pradhan

3:20 pm: West Bengal: North 24 Parganas district receives heavy rainfall.

3:00 pm: Super Cyclone Amphan is heading towards coastal region of Orissa, West Bengal, partially touching Tamil Nadu&Andhra Pradesh. A clear directive given to BJP workers to cooperate with their administrations in relief operations&evacuation process of people: BJP chief JP Nadda

2:40 pm: 36 National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) teams are currently deployed in both states. Rescue & relief teams of Army & Navy along with ships & aircraft of Navy, Air Force & Coast Guard have been put on standby: Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA)

2:25 pm: Reviewing preparedness of states & central agencies, Cabinet Secretary asked state governments to ensure timely & complete evacuation of people from low lying areas in cyclone path & maintain adequate quantities of essential supplies such as food, drinking water, & medicines: MHA

2:10 pm: They also informed all actions have been taken to stock food grains, drinking water and other essential supplies. Teams for maintenance and restoration of power and telecom services have also been positioned: Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA)

2:00 pm: Chief Secretary, Odisha and Additional Chief Secretary, West Bengal apprised National Crisis Management Committee (NCMC) of preparatory measures taken by them. They informed that evacuation of people from the low lying areas is being carried out: Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA)

1:45 pm: Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba chaired the third meeting of the National Crisis Management Committee (NCMC) to review the preparedness of States and Central Ministries/Agencies to deal with the Cyclonic Storm ‘AMPHAN’: Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA)

1:15 pm: Super Cyclone AMPHAN is likely to make landfall between Digha (West Bengal) and Hatiya Islands (Bangladesh) close to Sundarbans with maximum sustained wind 155-165 kmph gusting to 185 kmph during afternoon to evening of tomorrow: IMD

12:45 pm: West Bengal: Residents of Tajpur, East Medinipur create a temporary fence along the coast, in the wake of Amphan Cyclone

12:15 pm: India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued a warning to suspend all fishing activity in West Bengal and Odisha till May 20, in the wake of super cyclone #Amphan; Visuals from Odisha's Bhadrak, one of the 6 districts expected to be affected due to the cyclone

11:55 am: Home Minister Amit Shah has also spoken to Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and reviewed the preparedness. He again reiterated that Central Government is ready to provide any support needed from them by both the affected states: Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA)

11:40 am: The Super Cyclone ‘AMPHAN’ is now being continuously tracked by the Doppler Weather Radar (DWR) at Vishakhapatnam (Andhra Pradesh): IMD

11:30 am: Home Minister Amit Shah has spoken to West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee on AmphanCyclone. He has assured West Bengal CM that the Centre is committed to helping the state&already teams of NDRF have been deployed. Centre is ready to give any assistance the state requires: MHA sources

11:15 am: India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued a warning to suspend all fishing activity in Bengal and Odisha till May 20, in the wake of super cyclone Amphan; Visuals from Odisha's Paradip

10:45 am: Kendrapara, Bhadrak, Balasore, Mayurbhanj, Jajpur & Jagatsinghpur districts to be most affected. We are expecting it will cross land by becoming a very severe cyclonic storm: Umashankar Das, Deputy Director, IMD Bhubaneswar, Odisha on Amphan Cyclone

10:15 am: Odisha: A team of National Disaster Response Force deployed in Jagatsinghpur urges villagers to shift to cyclone shelters in the area, in the wake Amphan Cyclone

9:45 am: Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba to chair a meeting of the National Crisis Monitoring Committee at 12.00 noon today. Apart from the readiness of NDRF and defence forces, power and telecommunications departments directed to be ready with emergency response.

9:15 am: Tripura govt has directed its Dist administrations to take necessary preparedness measures as IMD Agartala has forecast thunderstorm accompanied by lightning,gusty wind speed reaching 40-50kmph&heavy rainfall at isolated placed in all districts during 20-21May

8:55 am: Odisha: Residents from coastal areas of Jagatsinghpur were shifted to a cyclone shelter last night, to protect them from heavy rains and winds to be caused by super cyclonic storm ‘AMPHAN’

8:40 am: It's very likely to weaken into an extremely severe cyclonic storm during next 6 hrs. It's very likely to move north northeastwards across northwest Bay of Bengal&cross W Bengal–Bangladesh coasts b/w Digha&Hatiya Islands close to Sundarbans during afternoon/evening of 20 May: IMD

8:30 am: Super Cyclonic Storm ‘AMPHAN’ over west-central and adjoining east-central Bay of Bengal moved north-northeastwards with a speed of 14 km/ph during past 6 hours & lay centred at 5:30 am today over west-central Bay of Bengal about 520 km nearly south of Paradip, Odisha: IMD

8:10 am: #AmphanCyclone is very likely to move north-northeastwards across northwest Bay of Bengal&cross West Bengal–Bangladesh coasts between Dig&Hatiya Islands (Bangladesh) close to Sundarbans during afternoon/evening today as an Extremely Severe Cyclonic Storm: IMD

8:00 am: Super Cyclonic storm AMPHAN at 2330 hrs IST of 18th May near latitude 14.9°N and longitude 86.5°E over Westcentral Bay of Bengal about 600 km nearly south of Paradip (Odisha), 750 km south-southwest of Digha (West Bengal): India Meteorological Department

 

Meanwhile, in view of the impending cyclone Amphan, 32 teams of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) have been deployed in Odisha and West Bengal, and 21 teams have been kept on standby.

 

Six different battalions of NDRF have been kept on hot standby, he said while adding that four teams each of 11 battalions Benaras, 9 battalions Patna, first battalion Guwahati, 10th battalion Vijayawada, 4th battalion Chennai and Konam, and 5th battalion Pune have been kept on hot standby.

Posted By: Talib Khan