News By/Courtesy: Nikshetaa Jain | 19 May 2020 17:12pm IST


  • Cyclone Amphan has intensified into super cyclone
  • Potential damage to be cause by the cyclone
  • Steps taken in Odisha and West Bengal

Cyclone Amphan is a tropical cyclone that has been developed over the Bay of Bengal. It is the strongest tropical cyclone over the Bay of Bengal since the 1990 Odisha cyclone. As the forecast suggests, it could attain a maximum speed of 240 to 265 kmph. The cyclone has already crossed the maximum limit of last year’s Fani cyclone. As of Monday afternoon, the cyclone lies 770 km south of Paradip in Odisha. The cyclone has been classified as extremely severe. Prime minister, Narendra Modi chaired a meeting with the Home Affairs Ministry and the National Disaster Management Authority on 18th May to review the situation.

The IMD has warned of extensive damage to all types of impermanent houses and some damage to permanent houses due to the cyclone. The cyclone is likely to damage power poles, plantations, and orchards and to disrupt rail or road links. The wind speed will range between 165-175 kmph. The states likely to be affected by the cyclone are West Bengal, Odisha, Puducherry, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, and Andaman & Nicobar Islands.

West Bengal and Odisha would be the two most impacted states. Cyclonic storm Amphan will intensify into a super cyclone by Monday evening and hit West Bengal on Wednesday. Heavy to extremely heavy rainfall along with high-speed winds and tidal waves are expected in the region. The cyclone is expected to make landfall in Bengal on 20th May. Coastal areas of Gangetic West Bengal are likely to experience light to moderate rainfall on 19th May. The IMD has been tracking the progress of the cyclone and has advised the fisherman not to venture out in the Bay of Bengal.

Odisha government has initiated the evacuation process of people living in vulnerable areas. The National Disaster Response Force has increased its strength to combat both cyclone Amphan and the pandemic. 37 NDRF teams have been deployed in seven districts of Odisha and six districts of West Bengal. NDRF director said on Monday that the teams are well equipped to face the situation. On 19th May heavy rainfall is expected in coastal Odisha. Wind speed may reach up to 110 kmph in parts of Bhadrak, Kendrapara, and Jagatsinghpur. The Odisha government has requested the Central government to suspend the special trains in the areas that would be affected by the cyclone. Due to the threat posed by the cyclone, Indian Railways has decided to run the New Delhi-Bhubaneshwar special train on a diverted route.

Section Editor: Pushpit Singh | 19 May 2020 18:10pm IST

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