New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: The cyclonic storm Yaas, which intensified into a super cyclonic storm on Monday night, will likely make its landfall on Wednesday at noon near Dhamra Port in Odisha’s Bhadrak district at a speed of 155 kmph to 165 kmph, gusting to 185 kmph and will likely intensify into a Very Severe Cyclonic Storm (VSCS) by today evening. According to the IMD, the Chandbali district in Odisha is likely to witness the maximum damage caused by it.

The Odisha government today also issued a red alert warning for Kendrapara, Bhadrak, Jagatsinghpur and Balasore districts, which are likely to be affected by heavy rainfall. The IMD said that heavy to very heavy rainfall is expected in Mayurbhanj, Jajpur, Cuttack, Khorda, and Puri today.

"We are expecting wind speeds of 150-160 kmph gusting 180kmph over Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapara, Bhadrak and Balasore tomorrow as landfall is expected by noon. We have issued the highest danger warning for Dhamra and Paradip ports," IMD official said.  

Meanwhile, Met department officials in Kolkata said the storm system, which lay centred about 550 km south-southeast of Balasore at 5:30 pm on Monday is moving in a north-northwesterly direction. The cyclone intensified into a severe cyclonic storm on Monday night and further intensify into a very severe cyclonic storm by May 26 within the next 12 hours. 

The Odisha government said it has rushed a large contingent of rescue and relief teams to Balasore district bordering West Bengal on Monday where Yaas is likely to make landfall. A massive evacuation drive has been launched in all low-lying areas and vulnerable storm-surge pockets, following the IMD predicting a tidal surge of 2-4.5 meters during the landfall of Yaas, officials said.

Balasore, Bhadrak, Kendrapara and Jagastinghpur districts have been identified as high-risk zones along with Mayurbhanj and Keonjhar districts. The INCOIS-IMD joint bulletin said high waves in the range of 3.55.8 meters are being forecast till 11 pm on Tuesday beyond 10 km off the coast of Odisha from Gopalpur to Chandipur.

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said the West Bengal government is targeting to shift at least 10 lakh people to safer places in a bid to avoid any loss of life. At least 51 disaster management teams have been readied, keeping in view the possible devastations predicted by experts. Ferry services at 13 places have been shut, she said, assuring that the state has sufficient stock of relief materials that are kept ready at the block level. At least 1,000 power restoration teams have been kept on stand-by and once the cyclone subsides, they will start working, she said.

The Kolkata port said it will suspend all operations from May 25 till the cyclone subsides. The Kolkata airport authorities said arrow bridges are being locked, while high-mast lamps are being uninstalled. Pumps have been kept ready to remove water from the low-lying areas in the airport compound.

So far, Air Vistara has cancelled two flights on the Kolkata-Mumbai and Kolkata-Delhi routes on May 26. Several trains run by the South Eastern Railway have also been cancelled in the wake of the cyclone from Monday to Thursday. Among them are the Rourkela-Bhubaneswar special of May 25 and the Malda Town-Digha special of May 27.


(With PTI Inputs)

Posted By: Talibuddin Khan