New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday chaired a high-level meeting with officials of the National Disaster Management Authority and Ministry of Home Affairs to review the cyclone 'Amphan' in different parts of the country.

The Prime Minister took full stock of the situation and reviewed the response preparedness as well as evacuation plan presented by NDRF. The NDRF informed that 25 NDRF teams have been deployed on the ground while 12 others are ready in reserve. 24 other NDRF teams are also on standby in different parts of the country.

In a tweet post, he said, "Reviewed the preparedness regarding the situation due to cyclone 'Amphan.' The response measures as well as evacuation plans were discussed. I pray for everyone's safety and assure all possible support from the Central Government."

The Union Home Minister Amit Shah, Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba, Principal Advisor to the Prime Minister and other senior officers were also present at the meeting.

Speaking to ANI, Mrutyunjaya Mohapatra, Director-General, Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) said,"Cyclone Amphan in the Bay of Bengal has intensified into an extremely severe cyclonic storm on Monday and is expected to further intensify into a super cyclonic storm."

"It will move towards north-northeast direction and cross Digha (West Bengal)-Hatia island (Bangladesh) on the afternoon/evening of May 20 with a wind speed of 155-165 kmph," he added.

The wind speed due to supercyclone over the Bay of Bengal may go up to 230 kmph and even 265 kmph, but the cyclone will gradually weaken on the seas before its landfall, said H R Biswas, director of the meteorological centre in Bhubaneswar.

The supercyclone 'Amphan' comes a year after cyclone Fani that had hit Odisha on May 3, 2019 that claimed the lives of 64 people and destroyed vital infrastructure.

Looking at the situation, NDRF has deployed ten teams in Odisha (Puri, Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapara, Jajpur, Bhadrak, Balasore and Mayurbhanj) and seven teams in West Bengal (South 24 Parganas, North 24 Parganas, East Midnapore, West Midnapore, Howrah and Hooghly).

As a precautionary measure, collectors of 12 coastal districts have been asked to evacuate people living in low lying areas. Arrangements have been made to shift over 11 lakh people to cyclone shelters. Evacuation is being undertaken under social distancing guidelines.

The Meteorological Department has issued rainfall warning in isolated places over districts of Gajapati, Ganjam, Puri, Jagatsinghpur and Kendrapara for next four days in the light of very severe cyclonic storm 'Amphan'. Rainfall is likely to begin during the evening of May 18.


(with PTI inputs)

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