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IMD warns of severe cyclonic storms: Odisha and Bengal gears up for cyclone Yaas

Satellite image of super cyclone over Bay Of Bengal. Image Source: Mint. After cyclone Tauktae, another i.e. cyclone Yaas, is expected to hit the eastern coast of India by May 26th. According to the latest studies and reports, they have linked the increasing presence of cyclones in the Arabian sea to global warming. IMD updates: The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) says that the formation of a low-pressure system over North Andaman sea and adjoining Bay Of Bengal around May 22nd within the next 48 hours and will intensify gradually into a cyclone, powerful than Amphan, which was faced last year. The weather department reported that the storm is likely to move towards North Westwards and reach the north Bay of Bengal near Odisha-West Bengal Coast by the evening of May 26th. MET forecasts: The Meteorological Department (MET) has forecasted heavy rainfall on May 22nd- May 23rd along the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, and rainfall will begin over Odisha, West Bengal, Meghalaya, and Assam from May 25th.

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Awareness: The fishermen and mariners have been warned against venturing into the sea from May 21 onwards and those in the sea are supposed to return safely before May 23rd or take shelter in the nearest port. Precautions are taken by Odisha and Bengal governments: The Odisha government on Thursday also directed the concerned departments to take precautionary measures against cyclonic storm Yaas. Odisha Special Relief Commissioner held a high-level meeting with the secretaries of all departments. Similarly, the West Bengal government, Banerjee, held a virtual meeting and directed officers to arrange for adequate stock of medicines, drinking water, dry food, and tarpaulins.

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