West Bengal to evacuate around a million people, Cyclone Yaas inches closer.

Yaas, termed to be ‘very severe cyclonic storm’, is expected to make landfall early on Wednesday in Odisha and West Bengal states.

Source: Hindustan Times.

Around 20 districts, including those in north Bengal, would be devastatingly affected. It will adversely affect the coastal districts which include East Midnapore, South 24 Parganas, and North 24 Parganas.

A senior official of the state government said,

“Evacuation process has already started and we plan to evacuate around a million people before the cyclone hits on Wednesday noon.”

In the early hours of Tuesday, the cyclone was located around 450 km southeast of the West Bengal coast.

Winds with speeds reaching up to 70-80 kph and gusting up to 90 kph are likely to hit Kolkata on Wednesday which has given rise to rain and strong winds which have already started in the coastal areas.

Indian Meteorological Department’s regional office in Kolkata reported,

"From a cyclone, Yaas has already intensified into a severe cyclone. It is likely to intensify further into a very severe cyclone and is expected to hit the land somewhere around Balasore in Odisha on Wednesday noon."

The cyclonic storm is been clearly monitored by the Indian Navy that has carried out preparatory activities to combat its effects.


Source: India TV.

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will stay in a control room set up for the purpose to look after the situation.

Mamata Banerjee tweeted,

I have extensively reviewed the Disaster Management preparedness regarding the impending Yaas cyclone this afternoon with all senior officers of relevant Central & State agencies along with DMs & SPs.

The West Bengal government has taken all precautionary measures to deal with Cyclone Yaas, likely to hit the state on the 26th of May.

  • Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee held a high-level meeting at the state secretariat during the day, said that they provided relief materials to all the vulnerable areas, while they directed officials for early abandonment of people from coastal and riverine areas.

  • The state government has set a control room to monitor the situation at the state secretariat Nabanna', which will work round the clock.

  • The phone numbers of the control room which are being provided by the government are 1070 and 033-22143526.

  • Several smaller control rooms in coastal areas of the state have been opened.

  • An adequate number of generators have been kept in ready condition to ensure an uninterrupted drinking water supply.

Last week, extremely severe cyclone Tauktae hit the Gujarat coast and left a trail of destruction all over the western coast. As it weakened further, its impact was felt across the north Indian plains and even in the hill states of Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh. The April-May and the October-December periods are also known to witness cyclones.