Cyclone LIVE: Yaas intensifies into very severe cyclonic storm, says IMD

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Rough sea in the Bay of Bengal ahead of Cyclone Yaas landfall, at Digha in East Midnapore district (Photo: PTI)
Cyclone Yaas LIVE updates: West Bengal and Odisha have evacuated lakhs of people from vulnerable areas to safety as severe cyclonic storm 'Yaas' is nearing the coast and is expected to make landfall near Dhamra Port in Bhadrak district early on Wednesday morning. 'Yaas' is likely to move north-northwestwards and intensify further into a very severe cyclonic storm during the next 12 hours, the IMD said. The system has been moving north-northwestwards at a speed of 10 kmph.

Meanwhile, the South Eastern Railways has announced the cancellation of several passenger special trains till Wednesday.

 
Cyclonic storm Yaas is very likely to make landfall near Balasore in north Odisha with a speed of 155 kmph to 165 kmph, gusting to 185 kmph, around noon on May 26, the Met department said on Monday.

 
Yaas is expected to be about as intense as Cyclone Tauktae which slammed into the west coast last week but tamer than Cyclone Amphan which hit Bengal exactly one year ago and for about three devastating minutes sustained wind speeds of 240 kmph. At least 80 people lost their lives.

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Cyclone Yaas: Eastern states evacuate more than 12 lakh people

Cyclone Yaas intensified into a very severe cyclonic storm on Tuesday evening, India Meteorological Department Director General M Mohapatra said, even as the states of West Bengal, Odisha and Jharkhand aggressively evacuated over 12 lakh people to storm shelters by late evening.
 
The IMD also issued a red-coded warning alert to the Odisha and West Bengal coasts.
 
"The severe cyclonic storm 'Yaas' (pronounced as 'Yass') over northwest and Bay of Bengal intensified into a very severe cyclonic storm," Mohapatra said.
 
`Yaas', which was positioned 160 km south-southeast of Paradip in Odisha and 240 km south-southeast of Digha in West Bengal over north-west and adjoining west-central Bay of Bengal on Tuesday evening, is likely to gain a maximum speed of 155 kmph to 165 kmph gusting to 185 kmph during landfall, the Met department said.
 
"It is very likely to cross north Odisha-West Bengal coasts between Paradip and Sagar Islands close to north of Dhamra and south of Balasore, in the morning hours of Wednesday, the 26th May as a Very Severe Cyclonic Storm," the Cyclone Warning Division of the IMD added.
 
Flight operations at the Kolkatas NSCBI airport here will be suspended from 8.30 am to 7.45 pm owing to the weather warning on Wednesday, the Airports Authority of India said.
 
Bhubaneshwars Biju Patnaik International airport too will remain shut from 11 pm Tuesday till 5 am on Thursday. The South Eastern Railways too has cancelled several trains, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said that her administration has evacuated over nine lakh people from coastal districts to safe shelters.
 

Patnaik stresses on saving lives as countdown for cyclone Yaas begins

As the countdown for Wednesday's landfall of the very severe cyclonic storm "Yaas" begins,Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Tuesday asked officials to take all possible steps to protect human lives.
 
Patnaik conducted a meeting to take stock of the cyclone situation in the state which has already started impacting lives across the coastal districts as heavy rain pounced with blowing of wind at a speed of about 60 kmph.
 
"Every life is precious, thus all possible steps should be taken to protect life," the Odisha chief minister said.
 
While the severe cyclonic storm Yaas is moving at a speed of around 15 kmph and presently lies about 180 km off Paradip coast, Odisha government rushed men, machines and medicines to the districts likely to be affected before Wednesday noon.
 
The Doppler radar at Paradip has meanwhile located the "eye" of the severe cyclonic storm Yaas, sources said.
 
"To be very specific, the cyclone is likely to make landfall near Dhamra port between Basudevpur in Bhadrak district and Bahanaga in Balasore district on Wednesday," Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) PK Jena informed Patnaik at the review meeting.
 
The SRC said the landfall process will begin at 4 am of Wednesday and continue for four hours till 8 am and all 77 blocks have been kept under high-impact zone category.
 

Over 3 lakh people evacuated from cyclone Yaas vulnerable areas in Odisha

Over three lakh people have been evacuated from the low-lying and vulnerable areas in Odisha, as the countdown for Wednesday's landfall of the very severe cyclonic storm "Yaas" began.
 
The process of moving people to safer places will be completed by tonight, Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) P K Jena said.
 
The state has 860 permanent shelters and 6,200 temporary homes identified where 7 to 8 lakh can be safely accommodated observing COVID protocol, he said.
 
Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik held a meeting to take stock of the cyclone situation in the state which has already started impacting lives across the coastal districts as heavy rain pounced with blowing of wind at a speed of about 60 kmph.
 
"Every life is precious, thus all possible steps should be taken to protect life," Patnaik said.
 
While the severe cyclonic storm Yaas is moving at a speed of around 15 kmph and presently lies about 180 km off Paradip coast, Odisha government rushed men, machines and medicines to the districts likely to be affected before Wednesday noon.
 
The Doppler radar at Paradip has meanwhile located the "eye" of the severe cyclonic storm Yaas, sources said.
 

Cyclone 'Yaas': Bengal forest deptt forms 16 rescue teams in three districts

The West Bengal Forest Department has formed 16 teams in three districts for rescue operations in the wake of the impending cyclone 'Yaas', a top official said Tuesday.
 
The teams have been set up in Kolkata, North and South 24 Parganas, he said.
 
"In Kolkata and South/North 24 Parganas districts, 16 teams will be at work in sync with local civic bodies, including the KMC, for exigencies including cutting and lopping of felled trees and rescue operations of humans and animals," the senior forest official told PTI.
 
The department, to prevent the tiger population in the Sunderbans from straying into adjacent villages, is working on war footing to repair holes in nylon nets that demarcate the Sunderban Tiger Reserve with neighbouring areas, he said.
 
Trapping and transportation cages have been kept ready for immediate disposal, along with tranquilisers and medicines, the official said.
 
"We are also stocking bamboo for reinforcing at least 5 km of fencing," he said.
 
As per a recent survey by the department, the number of Royal Bengal Tigers in the Sunderbans has risen to 96.
 
Meanwhile, the Alipore Zoological Gardens has set up a 35-member squad consisting of employees and medical staff to keep a tab on the condition of animals in view of the cyclone, a zoo official said.
 
Lions, tigers, leopards and elephants will be kept in their respective night shelters from Tuesday late evening, as the cyclone is expected to make landfall on Wednesday morning, Alipore Zoo Director Ashis Samanta told PTI.
 

Cyclone Yaas: M&M sets up relief task force

Mahindra & Mahindra on Tuesday said it is creating a relief task force as part of its preparedness for cyclone Yaas as it approaches the east coast.
 
The task force is equipped to extend quick support to Mahindra vehicle owners in affected areas.
 
The company also urged its customer to take precautions against the approaching storm and heavy rainfall by removing all valuable belongings from the vehicle and parking it in a high-lying covered area not prone to waterlogging.
 
Users should refrain from starting the vehicle if it is submerged in water to avoid damage to the engine, M&M Ltd said in a statement.
 
Cyclone Yaas is likely to make landfall near Dhamra Port in Odisha's Bhadrak district early on Wednesday morning and it can have a speed of 155 Kmph to 165 kmph, gusting to 185 kmph, the IMD has said on Monday.
 
M&M Ltd is creating a “Relief Task Force” in preparation against Cyclone Yaas that is predicted to hit the coasts of Odisha and West Bengal, the company said.
 
The task force has also collaborated with Mahindra Insurance Brokers Ltd (MIBL) to assist with a seamless insurance approval and claim settlement process once service centres open post lockdown, it said.
 
Dedicated emergency road service teams are on high alert to support affected vehicles, it said, adding Mahindra will provide free towing service within a radius of 50km for vehicles, which are not currently covered under a roadside assistance programme.
 

Yaas intensifies into very severe cyclonic storm: IMD

Cyclone Yaas intensified into a very severe cyclonic storm on Tuesday evening, India Meteorological Department Director General M Mohapatra said.
 
The IMD has also issued a red-coded warning alert to the Odisha and West Bengal coasts.
 
"The severe cyclonic storm 'Yaas' (pronounced as 'Yass') over northwest and Bay of Bengal intensified into a very severe cyclonic storm," Mohapatra said.
 
It is very likely to move north-northwestwards, intensify further and reach near north Odisha coast close to Dhamra port by the early morning of Wednesday.
 
"It is very likely to cross north Odisha-West Bengal coasts between Paradip and Sagar Islands close to north of Dhamra and south of Balasore, during noon of Wednesday, the 26th May as a Very Severe Cyclonic Storm," the Cyclone Warning Division of the IMD said.
 
The cyclone is being tracked by Doppler Weather Radar at Paradip, it added.
 

Nitish chairs meeting on cyclone Yaas;tells officials to remain alert

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Tuesday held a review meeting on impending cyclone Yass and instructed officials to remain alert to deal with the calamity.
 
Chairing a virtual meeting with officials of disaster management and other departments and also district magistrates, the chief minister told them to make all arrangements in advance to meet the challenges of the very severe cyclonic storm likely to make landfall near Dhamra Port in Odisha's Bhadrak district early Wednesday morning.
 
Kumar said as per the information Bihar will also be effected by the cyclone and so the officials should remain prepared in advance, an official statement said here.
 
He directed officials to make alternative arrangements in hospitals, government as well as private, in the event of power getting snapped due to cyclonic impact and asked them to make a dry run of the optional preparation.
 

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Odisha people pin hopes on mangrove forest to get saved from Cyclone Yaas

After it was known that Cyclone Yaas will hit Bhitarkania National Park in Kendrapara district close to Dhamra port in Odisha, local people exude optimism that the rich mangrove forest cover along the wetland sites of the park would again turn into a saviour for them.
 
Though the cyclonic storm is likely to make landfall on Wednesday, rain has started in the national park area since Tuesday morning and people are experiencing gusty wind.
 
"Everybody here is confined indoors either in homes or cyclone shelters. The forest cover around had protected us with minimal damage in past cyclones. We pray forest withstands the onslaught this time also," said Ganesh Chandra Gudia who lives in Talchua village beside the park.

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Cyclone Yaas: NDRF deputes highest-ever number of teams for Odisha, Bengal; over 10 lakh evacuated

The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has earmarked its highest-ever number of teams for deployment in Odisha and West Bengal to undertake relief and rescue operations during cyclone Yaas, its chief S N Pradhan said on Tuesday.
 
He added that according to reports received from the state governments, more than 8 lakh people have been evacuated to safety in West Bengal, the same figures for Odisha were over 2 lakh locals.
 
The federal contingency force has committed a total of 113 teams for deployment in five states and the Union Territory of Andaman and Nicobar Islands which are expected to be affected by the cyclone brewing in the Bay of Bengal. Out of these, 104 teams are deployed on ground while nine have been kept on "high alert" in these states, an NDRF spokesperson said. Among the teams deployed, the highest number of 52 teams are designated for Odisha followed by 45 teams for West Bengal.

Indian Army assists for Cyclone-induced effects in West Bengal

The Indian Army's Eastern Command is spearheading Army's  response for rescue and relief operations in West Bengal in preparations for Cyclone Yaas, which is scheduled to make landfall  on 26 May 21. The deployment of Army columns is based on requisition and is in close coordination with the Government of West Bengal.
 
A total of seventeen integrated Cyclone Relief Columns, comprising specialised personnel with associated equipment and inflatable boats, have been deployed.  Columns have been prepositioned at Purulia, Jhargram, Birbhum, Bardhaman, West Midnapur, Howrah, Hoogly, Nadia, 24 Parganas North & South. 
 
Nine Cyclone Relief columns have also been kept on standby at Kolkata, for redeployment  as necessary in West Bengal, at short notice.
 
These Teams are equipped to undertake rescue and relief operations to include casualty evacuation of stranded/ marooned persons, medical treatment, road clearing/ tree cutting and distribution of relief material, as would be required by the local district administration.

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Tata Power readies 15,000 men for cyclone restoration work in Odisha

Ahead of the severe cyclonic storm Yaas hitting Odisha coast on Wednesday morning, the Tata Power has already kept about 15,000 workforce ready to start electricity restoration activities in the state as soon as the calamity recedes, an official said.
 
TP Northern Odisha Distribution Limited (TPNODL) and TP Western Odisha Distribution Ltd (TPWODL) have a detailed Business Continuity and Disaster Management Plan (BCDMP) in place for dealing with the cyclone, the official said.
 
The company in consultation with the state government, has already deployed 13,500 people including engineers and kept another 1,500 workforce in reserve for undertaking the restoration works immediately after the cyclone.

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Railways upscale Oxygen Express operations from eastern states to beat cyclone winds

Cyclone Yaas LIVE: Several houses damaged in West Bengal district due to the strong winds

Cyclone Yaas to intensify into severe storm, landfall in Odisha likely by tomorrow noon: IMD

GIS firm Esri releases map to track live path of Yaas cyclone

GIS firm Esri India on Tuesday released a map for the public to track the live path of Yaas cyclone, which is likely to make landfall near Balasore in north Odisha on May 26.
 
The GIS (Geographic Information System) Map will provide early information like forecast position, forecast trend, observed track for cyclone, wind speed, watches, and warnings among others, that can be useful in mapping and risk preparedness, Esri said in a statement.
 
The objective is to give a common view to relevant authorities, departments and social organisations in order to maximize reach-out to citizens so that there is timely action for the safety of life and property.

Cyclone Yaas LIVE: Tamil Nadu district experiences strong winds

Cyclone Yaas: Railways moves 680 tonnes of oxygen from Odisha, Bengal, Jharkhand

Indian Railways moved 680 tonnes of oxygen from Odisha, West Bengal, and Jharkhand in the last 12 hours in anticipation of Cyclone Yaas which is likely to hit the region soon, the national transporter said on Tuesday.
 
Severe cyclonic storm Yaas is likely to make landfall near Dhamra Port in Odisha's Bhadrak district early Wednesday morning, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.
 
Oxygen Expresses moved 680 tonnes of oxygen relief from Odisha, West Bengal and Jharkhand in the last 12 hours before the cyclone gets stronger. Eight Oxygen Expresses have moved from the region, a statement from the Railways said. The country's major liquid medical oxygen (LMO) generation plants are based in this region and are now proving to be the source of the life-saving gas for other states for supply to hospitals during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Odisha witnesses strong wind, heavy rain ahead of Cyclone Yaas

Cyclone Yaas: Vessels moved, oil and gas installations in survival mode

Ships at anchorage have been asked to move to a safer area in the sea while oil and gas installations will go into 'survival' mode as they brace for cyclone Yaas to make landfall at north Odisha-West Bengal coast.
 
Cyclone Yaas, equivalent to a category 3 hurricane, is the second severe storm in the span of about 10 days to hit Indian coasts. The cyclone is set to make landfall sometime Wednesday evening.
 
A major contingency plan has been put in place to mitigate the impact of the cyclone on oil and gas installations, an official statement said. Odisha coast has two major ports at Dhamra and Paradip and a huge oil refinery at Paradip. West Bengal hosts a major port at Haldia.

Cyclone Yaas: Bengal, Odisha evacuate hundreds of thousands to safety

West Bengal and Odisha have evacuated lakhs of people from vulnerable areas to safety as severe cyclonic storm 'Yaas' is nearing the coast and is expected to make landfall near Dhamra Port in Bhadrak district early on Wednesday morning.
 
Neighbouring Jharkhand has also sounded an alert and is preparing for the cyclone's impact.
 
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday said that her administration has evacuated over nine lakh people to safe shelters. The Odisha government, on the other hand, said it has moved over 2 lakh people from vulnerable areas in coastal districts to safety. READ ON...

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Cyclone Yaas LIVE: Over 9 lakh people evacuated to safe shelters in West Bengal, says CM Mamata Banerjee

Over 9 lakh people evacuated to safe shelters in West Bengal: CM Mamata Banerjee

Cyclone Yaas LIVE: Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee ordered all departments to stay alert, says minister

Second big cyclone in less than two weeks can worsen India's Covid crisis

A powerful cyclone is set to slam into India on Wednesday, the second in less than two weeks, with authorities gearing up for relief operations at a time when the nation is facing the world’s worst outbreak of Covid-19.
 
Cyclone Yaas, equivalent to a category 3 hurricane, will cause heavy rains in the eastern states of West Bengal and Odisha, with wind speeds as high as 185 kilometers (115 miles) per hour, according to the India Meteorological Department. Sea levels may increase 4 meters above regular tides and inundate low-lying areas, it said.
 
The latest storm follows a severe cyclone that hit the west coast last week -- the worst in over two decades in the western state of Gujarat -- killing dozens after a barge sank in the sea. The eastern region was hit by a cyclone in May 2020 with similar wind speeds, while another one in 2019 prompted authorities to evacuate millions of people. READ MORE...

Tower cos in state of readiness to mitigate impact of Cyclone Yaas on telecom infra: TAIPA

Telecom industry body TAIPA on Tuesday said the association and its members are in a state of readiness to mitigate the impact of Cyclone Yaas on telecom infrastructure in West Bengal and Odisha, adding that teams have been deployed to deal with any outage and restore connectivity.
 
All infrastructure provider (IP) members have taken necessary measures including preparedness in terms of Cell on Wheels (CoWs), arrangement of spare batteries, and adequate amount of diesel and generator sets, T R Dua, Director-General, Tower and Infrastructure Providers Association (TAIPA), said in a statement.
 
Teams are in a state of readiness to rectify any damage to telecom installations.

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Andhra Pradesh CM reviews preparedness to tackle cyclone Yaas

Andhra Pradesh Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy on Tuesday reviewed the preparations for Cyclone Yaas, including the need to make necessary arrangements for the safety of power plants and to ensure uninterrupted power supply to hospitals and health facilities treating COVID-19 patients.
 
Jagan Mohan Reddy held a review meeting with district collectors of Srikakulam, Vizianagaram and Vishakapatnam and discussed the precautionary measures to be taken regarding the situation in the wake of Cyclone Yaas.
 
During the review meeting held here on Tuesday, the Chief Minister directed the district collectors and officials to be on high alert and follow the updates of the meteorological department and take necessary actions accordingly. He said to monitor the movement of the storm and take the required measures.

Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik reviews preparedness for Cyclone Yaas in the state via video conferencing

LIVE: Cyclone Yaas to intensify further during next 12 hours, says IMD

Railways upscale Oxygen Express operations from Eastern States to tackle Cyclone Yaas

All vehicles on NH connecting Kolkota to Chennai to be closed from 12 midnight to 12 noon: District Magistrate

Cyclone 'Yaas': West Bengal evacuates 900,000 people

In an effort to minimise casualties from severe cyclone 'Yaas', expected to make landfall on Wednesday, the West Bengal government on Tuesday said it has relocated more than 9 lakh people to different cyclone centres, schools, colleges, and other government places in the last 24 hours.
 
Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said that the state government has created a master plan with three lakh people working directly in relief and rescue work during and after the storm.
 
Addressing a press conference in state Secretariat 'Nabanna', she said: "After coming to power, we have developed 4,000 flood centres. People particularly in the areas of Digha, Sundarbans, Kakdwip, Sagar island and other low-lying areas have been shifted to flood centres and different schools. More than 9 lakh people have been evacuated and the process of shifting is still on. Last year we evacuated 10 lakh people."

Cyclone Yaas' windspeed picks up at Dhamra Port in Odisha: NDRF Director General

Cyclone Yaas: Evacuation process to get over by evening, Odisha Police gears up for rescue operations

In view of the very severe cyclonic storm Yaas likely to make landfall on the coastal areas of Odisha, evacuation drive is on a war footing and is expected to be completed by evening while rescue teams have been deployed with high-end equipment to carry out effective and prompt rescue operations, informed Y K Jethwa, ADGP (Law and Order), ANI reported.
 
Briefing the mediapersons, the ADGP said, "To tackle the impending Cyclone Yaas, Odisha Police has been involved in the pre-cyclone measures and post-cyclone rescue operation. The police teams in the vulnerable and coastal districts under the supervision of respective SPs have intensified the evacuation drive. As many as 81,661 people living in vulnerable areas have already been evacuated and sent to cyclone shelters. The evacuation drive will be expedited in the coming hours and by the evening we will finish the evacuation drive."
 
On the post-cyclone recovery plan, he said, "For post-cyclone rescue and recovery, the Odisha Disaster Rapid Action Force (ODRAF) have already been deployed in all vulnerable locations. 55 platoons of Odisha Arm Police are also with them to assist in rescue and recovery work. NDRF and Odisha Fire Service teams are also there. Under the supervision of district administration and SPs, the operations are underway in a coordinated manner."

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Cyclone Yaas to intensify into very severe cyclonic storm in next 12 hours

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Tuesday predicted that the cyclonic storm Yaas is going to intensity into a 'very severe cyclonic storm' in the next 12 hours.
 
"The severe cyclonic storm Yaas over east-central Bay of Bengal moved north-northwestwards with a speed of about 9 kmph during past six hours and lay centred at 9 UTC of May 24 over east-central Bay of Bengal," IMD said in its bulletin.
 
"It is very likely to move north-northwestwards, intensify further into a very severe cyclonic storm during next 12 hours. It would continue to move north-northwestwards, intensify further and reach northwest Bay of Bengal near North Odisha and West Bengal coasts by May 26 early morning," the weather agency said. READ ON...

Odisha Disaster Rapid Action Force teams deployed for post-cyclone rescue and recovery

Fishermen advised not to venture into central Bay of Bengal till May 26 forenoon: IMD

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LIVE: Cyclone Yaas to intensify into very severe storm by evening, says IMD

Cyclone Yaas likely to intensify into very severe cyclonic storm by Tuesday evening; Chandbali in Odisha's Bhadrak district likely to witness maximum damage. Cyclone Yaas likely to make landfall near Dhamra Port in Odisha's Bhadrak district early on Wednesday morning: IMD director general

Cyclone Yaas to intensify further into a very severe cyclonic storm during next 12 hours: IMD

Cyclone Yaas LIVE: Paradip port suspends operation from 2 pm on Tuesday

Paradip Port Trust (PPT) suspended its operations from 2 pm on Tuesday as part of safety measures in view of the impending severe cyclone 'Yaas', which is likely to cross Odisha coast on May 26, an official said.
 
At least 12 vessels proceeded down to the deep sea so as to avoid the path of the storm, he said, adding that all the trucks, dumpers and large cargo handling equipment in the port area will be taken to a safe zone.
 
"The authorities have been in coordination with the Odisha government and the Jagatsinghpur district administration to take all the precautionary measures," Paradip Port Trust Chairman Vinit Kumar told reporters.

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Cyclone Yaas is about 220 km south-southeast of Paradip in Odisha: IMD

Cyclone Yaas: NDRF earmarks highest-ever number of teams for Odisha, West Bengal

The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has earmarked its highest-ever number of teams for deployment in Odisha and West Bengal as part of its preparations for the impending cyclone Yaas, a senior officer said on Tuesday.
 
The federal contingency force has committed a total of 112 teams for deployment in five states and the Union Territory of Andaman and Nicobar Islands which are expected to be affected by the cyclone developing in the Bay of Bengal.
 
Out of these, the highest the number of 52 teams are designated for Odisha followed by 45 teams for West Bengal. The rest of the teams are being stationed in states like Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Jharkhand and the UT of Andaman and Nicobar Islands. READ ON...

Maintenance and evacuation operations underway: NDRF

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Cyclone Yaas: Red alert issued for four Odisha districts

Ahead the predicted May 26 landfall of cyclone Yaas in coastal areas of the Odisha, the state on Tuesday issued a red alert warning for Kendrapara, Bhadrak, Jagatsinghpur and Balasore districts, which are likely to be affected with heavy rainfall. Umashankar Das, Deputy Director of India Meteorological Department (IMD) in Bhubaneswar said, "A red alert, i.e. extremely heavy rainfall warning has been issued for Kendrapara, Bhadrak, Jagatsinghpur, and Balasore for today. The rainfall will exceed more than 20 cm."
 
The official said that an orange alert, i.e. heavy to very heavy rainfall is expected in Mayurbhanj, Jajpur, Cuttack, Khorda, and Puri today. "The rainfall in the district is expected to measure between 12-20 cm," Das said.
 
The IMD regional Deputy Director further said, "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."

'Yaas' likely to make landfall near Odisha's Dhamra Port: IMD

Severe cyclonic storm 'Yaas' is likely to make landfall near Dhamra Port in Odisha's Bhadrak district early on Wednesday morning, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.
 
Dr Umashankar Das, a scientist at the Regional Meteorological Centre, Bhubaneswar said that the landfall will most likely be between Dhamra and Chandbali in the district.
 
IMD Director General Dr Mrutyunjay Mohapatra said that 'Yaas' is likely to intensify into a Very Severe Cyclonic Storm (VSCS) by Tuesday evening and Chandbali is likely to witness the maximum damage caused by it.
 
"Rain has already started and will continue. Wind speeds in Kendrapara and Jagatsinghpur districts will reach around 80 kmph by midnight," he said.

Cycone Yaas 320km away from Paradip

The cyclone is near latitude 18 degree north and longitude 88.6 degree east, about 320 km south-southeast of Paradip, 430 km south-southeast of Balasore, 420 km south-southeast of Digha and 470 km south--southwest of Khepupara, said the Tropical Cyclone Advisory of Regional Specialised Meteorological Centre of India Meteorological Department.

Cyclone Yaas to intensify into very severe cyclonic storm in next 12 hours

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Tuesday predicted that the cyclonic storm Yaas is going to intensity into a 'very severe cyclonic storm' in the next 12 hours.
 
"The severe cyclonic storm Yaas over east-central Bay of Bengal moved north-northwestwards with a speed of about 9 kmph during past six hours and lay centred at 9 UTC of May 24 over east-central Bay of Bengal," IMD said in its bulletin.
 
"It is very likely to move north-northwestwards, intensify further into a very severe cyclonic storm during next 12 hours. It would continue to move north-northwestwards, intensify further and reach northwest Bay of Bengal near North Odisha and West Bengal coasts by May 26 early morning," the weather agency said.
 
It also stated that Cyclone Yaas is very likely to cross north Odisha-West Bengal coasts between Paradip and Sagar Island around Balasore, during noon of May 26 as a 'Very Severe Cyclonic Storm'. Read on...

Cyclone Yaas update: People evacuated by Odisha's Balasore admin and Marine Police Force in Chandipur today

Cyclone Yaas update: Rahul Gandhi asks Congress workers to provide all help in ensuring safety of people

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday appealed to party workers to provide all assistance in ensuring the safety of the people who would be impacted by Cyclone Yaas.
 
Cyclonic storm Yaas is likely to make a landfall near Balasore in north Odisha at a speed of 155 kmph to 165 kmph, gusting to 185 kmph, around noon on May 26, the Met department had said on Monday.
 
"#CycloneYaas is moving towards Bengal and Odisha from the Bay of Bengal. I appeal to Congress workers to provide all assistance ensuring safety of those affected," Gandhi said in a tweet.


Rain lashes Digha, West Bengal as cyclone Yaas is expected to cross West Bengal-Odisha coast tomorrow

Cyclone Yaas update: Balasore district admin along with Marine Police Force evacuating people

Balasore district admin along with Marine Police Force  evacuating people to cyclone shelters in Chandipur
 
Will shift people at shelters by today afternoon.  Arrangements of sanitization & face masks are being done: Narendra Khamari, BDO Balasore

Cyclonic storm Yaas is very likely to cross north Odisha-West Bengal coasts tomorrow: IMD

Cyclonic storm Yaas is very likely to cross north Odisha-West Bengal coasts between Paradip and Sagar Island around Balasore, during noon of 26th May as a Very Severe Cyclonic Storm: India Meteorological Department (IMD)

Cyclone Yaas: Odisha CM tells people in coastal areas to shift to shelter homes, wear double masks

In view of the very severe cyclonic storm Yaas predicted to make landfall on the Odisha-West Bengal border on the eastern coast of the country, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik urged the people living in the coastal regions to cooperate with the local administration and shift to cyclone shelters.
 
Addressing the people of the state on Monday, the Chief Minister also asked them to adhere to COVID-19 protocols and wear two masks.
 
"At a time when we are fighting with the COVID-19 pandemic, Cyclone Yaas is another challenge that we have to face. Last year in May, we had faced cyclone Amphan along with COVID-19 and with help of the people, it was well managed. This time, too, we will all work in tandem to combat the calamity and the pandemic," Patnaik said.
 
He stated that cyclones are not a new phenomenon for Odisha, but he said there is a need for caution and negligence can be dangerous. Patnaik reassured the people that the state government is well prepared to deal with the situation, and said people's cooperation will strengthen the government's efforts.

Cyclone Yaas: Calcutta HC cancels all matters listed for May 26-27

With West Bengal bracing up for Cyclonic storm Yaas, Calcutta High Court on Monday informed that it has canceled the hearing of all matters listed for May 26 and 27, in view of the warning issued by India Meteorological Department (IMD) for the cyclonic storm.
 
Calcutta High Court issued a notification and stated, "All matters listed on 26 and 27 may 2021 which cannot be taken up because of the above crisis can automatically be listed on the next available day for sitting of all respective bench or benches."
 
"The officers and staff of the court who are unable to attend Court on these two days shall not be marked absent and shall be deemed to be on duty," it added. Read on...

Cyclone Yaas update

Covid fear making people wary of shifting to cyclone shelters in Odisha

With the Odisha government launching a massive evacuation drive to save people from the fury of Cyclone Yaas, many people in the coastal districts of Kendrapara and Jagatsinghpur are reluctant to move to government shelters as they are scared of catching coronavirus, an official said.
 
It is an enormous challenge for safeguarding people this time amid the raging pandemic, the official said.
 
"Maintaining social distancing norms while carrying out evacuation has become an uphill task. Still we are trying to convince the people not to take chances and shift to cyclone shelters and pucca houses," said the official who is monitoring evacuation work in Erasama block of Jagatsinghpur district.
 
The seaside block was battered by the 1999 super cyclone as an estimated 10,000 people had perished then.
 
"We are planning to begin the evacuation work on Monday evening or early morning on Tuesday. There are signs of reluctance among some sections of people. The fear of getting infected with Covid-19 in cyclone shelters is bothering them.
 
"But we have sensitised the locals for adhering to Covid protocols while evacuating people. Those who were unwilling are slowly evincing interest to shift to safer places" said Rabindra Pradhan, Block Development Officer, Rajnagar block in Kendrapara district.
 
Around 100 people have so far been shifted to Okilopal cyclone shelter while 20 pregnant women from Talchua and Rangani were shifted to Rajnagar Community Health Centre, he said.
 
The block administration has readied 46 cyclone shelters and 51 school buildings, he said.
 
Around 35,000 to 40,000 are being planned to be shifted to temporary shelters.
 

Navy teams from INS Makar, INS Tarasa carry out underwater search for bodies

Navy ships INS Makar and INS Tarasa on Monday carried out diving operations 35 nautical miles from Mumbai coast to locate the bodies of missing personnel on board tugboat Varaprada, a week after it went adrift in the Arabian Sea during Cyclone Tauktae fury, an official said.
 
"The Specialist Clearance Diving Team of the Western Naval Command conducted the diving operations over the wreck of Tug Varaprada today. The diving was carried out from INS Makar and INS Tarasa at a depth of 32 metres in nil visibility conditions at a distance of 35 nautical miles from Mumbai harbour," a Navy spokesperson said.
 
Specialised surface supply diving equipment, underwater search equipment, hand held Sonar (sound navigation and ranging, a technique that uses sound propagation to navigate, communicate with or detect objects on or under the surface of water) and underwater lights were used during the dive operations, he said.
 
"No mortal remains were located underwater," the spokesperson said.
 
A Navy official earlier in the day said all the 274 personnel who were on board barge P305 that sank and tugboat Varaprada that went adrift during the cyclone fury have been accounted for with the recovery of 16 bodies along Maharashtra and Gujarat coasts.
 

Cyclone Yaas likely to make landfall near Balasore

Cyclonic storm Yaas is likely to make landfall near Balasore in north Odisha at a speed of 155 kmph to 165 kmph, gusting to 185 kmph, around noon on May 26, the Met department said on Monday.
 
Anticipating the fury of the storm, Union Home Minister Amit Shah reviewed preparations including evacuation of people in vulnerable coastal areas and safe return of all ships and vessels as well as safety of Covid-19 facilities such as oxygen plants, mostly located in eastern India.
 
At a video conference held with the chief ministers of Andhra Pradesh, Odisha and West Bengal and the Lieutenant Governor of Andaman and Nicobar Islands, besides officials of concerned ministries, the minister said a 24x7 control room is functioning in the MHA, which can be contacted by them any time for assistance.
 
Shah specifically conveyed to the states likely to be impacted to make adequate power backup arrangements in all Covid-19 hospitals, laboratories, vaccine cold chains and other medical facilities, a home ministry statement said.
 
On Sunday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had reviewed preparations for dealing with the situation that may arise due to Cyclone Yaas.
 
Met department officials 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 Regional Met Centre in Kolkata, said.
 

Cyclone: Palghar MP says will take up compensation issue with Centre, Maha govt

Palghar Member of Parliament Rajendra Gavit said on Monday that farmers in this coastal district of Maharashtra have suffered heavy losses due to the cyclonic storm Tauktae, which brushed past the state last week, and they should be compensated adequately.
 
Talking to reporters after touring cyclone-hit Dahanu taluka, Gavit said he would take up the issue of compensation to fruit growers with the central and state governments.
 
Farmers engaged in horticulture lost their produce on vast areas, he said.
 
The Shiv Sena MP said mango, banana and chikoo plantations were badly damaged in the powerful storm.
 
Gavit said he would conduct a survey to assess losses and approach the central and state governments for compensation to the cyclone-affected fruit growers.
 

Odisha cancels Covid-19 activities in cyclone prone three districts

Keeping in view the impending very severe cyclonic storm "Yaas", the Odisha government on Monday decided to suspend the Covid-19 testing, vaccination and door-to-door survey work in the three cyclone prone districts.
 
The three districts are-Balasore, Bhadrak and Mayurbhanj. They fall in the red zones having more than 1000 active coronavirus cases.
 
"The ongoing activities of Covid-19 testing, vaccination and door-to-door Covid-19 survey shall remain suspended in Balasore, Bhadrak and Mayurbhanj districts between May 25 and 27," a notification issued by the Health and Family Welfare Department said.
 
However, the district collectors of Kendrapada, Jagatsinghpur and Keonjhar, will take a call on suspension of the Covid related activities in their jurisdiction, it said.
 
Meanwhile, the H&FW department deployed additional doctors in Balasore and Bhadrak districts to handle health problems likely to be caused by cyclone Yaas.
 
The interns have been deployed under Chief District Medical Officers and Public Health Officers for smooth management of Covid-19 during the calamity.
 
The state government has also cancelled holidays and leaves of all government employees with immediate effect in the view of the cyclone.
 
The general administration and public grievance department in a notification said that all government holidays are cancelled till May 31.
 
The officials are required to stay in respective headquarters and in no case, shall be permitted to leave headquarters without permission of the authority.
 

Cyclone Yaas likely to be more severe than Amphan, may affect 20 Bengal districts: Mamata

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said on Monday that the West Bengal government has made all necessary arrangements in dealing with the aftermath of cyclone Yaas, which might affect 20 districts of the state.
 
Addressing a press conference, Banerjee said the state is targeting to shift at least 10 lakh people to safer places in a bid to avoid any loss of life.
 
"Cyclone Yaas's impact is going to be much more than Amphan, according to the information we have received so far.
 
This is going to affect at least 20 districts in West Bengal.
 
The districts of Kolkata, North and South 24 Parganas and Purba Medinipur will be severely affected," she said.
 
The districts of Howrah, Hooghly, Bankura, Birbhum, Nadia, Paschim and Purba Bardhaman, Paschim Medinipur, Murshidabad, Jhargram, Purulia would also be affected by the cyclone, she said.
 
In Malda, Uttar and Dakshin Dinajpur, Darjeeling and Kalimpong there is a forecast of rain, Banerjee added.
 
The calamity will continue for 72 hours, she said.
 
"The state government has banned all forms of tourism in the coastal areas as well as fishing activities in the sea," the chief minister said.
 
"District administrations and police have been asked to deal with violations strictly to prevent any loss of life," she said.
 
At least 51 disaster management teams have been readied, keeping in view the possible devastations predicted by experts, Banerjee said.
 

Steps being initiated to minimise impact of cyclone Yaas on telecom infra in West Bengal, Odisha: COAI

Industry body COAI on Monday said preventive steps are being taken to mitigate the impact of cyclone Yaas on telecom infrastructure in West Bengal and Odisha, and that measures like intra-circle roaming, additional Cell on Wheels (CoWs) would be actioned to ensure connectivity and minimise disruption.
 
The COAI said it is coordinating with the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), state and local authorities, and emphasised that priority for the association and members would be to ensure that adverse impact of the cyclone remains minimal and telecom services are resumed at the earliest, wherever there is disruption.
 

We must ensure zero casualty in cyclone Yaas: Goyal

Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal on Monday said collective efforts of all the stakeholders to deal with cyclone Yaas can ensure zero casualty.
 
He said central and state governments are working together to ensure an orderly planning, relief and rehabilitation measures post cyclone.
 
"We must ensure a completely zero casualty situation and the collective efforts of governments and industry participants can actually make that happen," Goyal said while interacting with industry representatives on preparedness for cyclone Yaas.
 
Several people have been killed in incidents related to cyclone 'Tauktae'.
 
The minister also emphasised on ensuring minimum outage of power and communication.
 
He said all essential workers should be provided with necessary resources to carry on the work efficiently.
 

Cyclone Yaas: Eden to provide shelter to Maidan clubs' ground staff

The space under the Eden Gardens' galleries will be used as a makeshift shelter arrangement for the ground staff of Kolkata Maidan clubs when the approaching cyclone Yaas strikes the city, Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) said on Monday.
 
Yaas, which is classified as a very severe cyclonic storm, is predicted to hit Kolkata on Wednesday evening with wind speed of 150kph-plus.
 
The makeshift arrangement will also have provision for food.
 
"There are many sports clubs and institutions which have their tents in the Maidan which could be vulnerable and prone to high risk due to the cyclonic activity.
 
"Therefore as a precautionary measure, the CAB has decided to make a shelter arrangement along with provision for food and other amenities in the under galleries of Eden Gardens from Tuesday evening to Thursday morning," CAB president Avishek Dalmiya said in a statement.
 

Cyclone Yaas to cross between Paradip and Sagar Island around Balasore in Odisha on May 26: IMD

India braces for another storm: All you need to know about Cyclone Yaas

A deep depression over the Bay of Bengal has intensified into cyclonic storm 'Yaas' and is likely to cross the Odisha-West Bengal coasts on May 26 after turning into a very severe cyclonic storm. The cyclone fury is set to hit India, barely a week after cyclone 'Tauktae' battered the western coast leaving behind a trail of destruction.
 
The governments of Bengal and Odisha are on high alert for the very severe cyclonic storm Yaas heading their way from the Bay of Bengal and likely to make landfall late on Wednesday. 'Yaas' is likely to cross the coasts between Paradip in Odisha and Sagar islands in West Bengal around noon on May 26 as a very severe cyclonic storm with wind speeds of 155-165 kmph, gusting to 185 kmph, Kolkata's Regional Meteorological Centre Deputy Director Sanjib Bandopadhyay said. READ ON...

Steps being initiated to minimise impact of cyclone Yaas on telecom infra in West Bengal, Odisha: COAI

Industry body COAI on Monday said preventive steps are being taken to mitigate the impact of cyclone Yaas on telecom infrastructure in West Bengal and Odisha, and that measures like intra-circle roaming, additional Cell on Wheels (CoWs) would be actioned to ensure connectivity and minimise disruption.
 
The COAI said it is coordinating with the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), state and local authorities, and emphasised that priority for the association and members would be to ensure that adverse impact of the cyclone remains minimal and telecom services are resumed at the earliest, wherever there is disruption.
 
In consultation with the telecom department, intra-circle roaming would be initiated in affected areas expected to be impacted by this cyclone, the COAI said adding this would enable any telecom subscriber to latch on to any working network and not just be dependent only on their own network.

Cyclone Yaas LIVE: All 265 boats have returned to harbour, says Coast Guard

The Indian Coast Guard on Monday said all the 265 boats, which were reported to be in the Bay of Bengal by fisheries authorities, have returned to harbour in view of cyclone Yaas.
 
The cyclone is very likely to cross the north Odisha and West Bengal coasts between Paradip and Sagar Island around May 26 noon as a 'very severe cyclonic storm'. It is expected to bring in winds of 155 to 165 kmph, gusting up to 180 kmph. READ MORE...

Cyclone Yaas LIVE: Flight operations at Port Blair airport suspended

Civil aviation operations at Port Blair airport have been suspended due to the inclement weather conditions unleashed by Cyclone Yaas.
 
According to the Airports Authority of India, the move was necessitated due to heavy rain and winds of 20-25 knots gusting up to 35 knots. "Scheduled civil flight operations at the Port Blair Airport in the Andaman & Nicobar Islands has been suspended for today, 24th May, 2021," AAI said in a statement. "Senior management at AAI, along with IMD, is consistently monitoring the situation at all other airports in Southern and Eastern India. Secretary (Civil Aviation) instructed that all preventive measures be in place at all airports that are likely to be impacted by the Cyclone, to minimise any damage."
 
According to the statement, flights operations at Bhubaneswar, Kolkata, Jharsuguda and Durgapur airport are likely to be impacted by the cyclone. Besides, Ranchi, Patna, Raipur, Jamshedpur, Bagdogra, Cooch Behar, Vizag and Rajahmundry airports have been instructed to be on alert in case the cyclonic winds change path.

Cyclone Yaas: Kolkata port to suspend operations from May 25

The Kolkata Port will suspend all shipping movements from May 25 in the wake of cyclone Yaas, a senior official said on Monday. Kolkata Port Trust chairman Vinit Kumar said the decision was taken as a precautionary measure. Entering of ships will be halted from Tuesday morning, while cargo handling will be stooped at 2 pm and workers will be shifted to safety, he said.
 
The movement of goods-carrying vehicles on the port roads will be halted at 6 pm.
 
The Kolkata Port is taking several measures in the wake of the warning issued for the cyclone, which is likely to make landfall near Balasore in north Odisha along the West Bengal border around Wednesday noon.

Mamata unhappy with Centre's cyclone aid, says Bengal facing repeated discrimination

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday pointed out that the Centre, despite promising all forms of assistance to combat Cyclone Yaas, has agreed to provide an advance of only Rs 400 crore, while smaller states such as Odisha and Andhra Pradesh are being given Rs 600 each.
 
Banerjee, following a meeting of Home Minister Amit Shah with chief ministers of Andhra Pradesh, Odisha and Bengal and the Lieutenant Governor of Andaman and Nicobar Islands, said her state, which is more densely populated, was facing "repeated discrimination".

Cyclone Yaas: Odisha Govt suspends Covid testing, vaccination and door to door survey in some districts

Cyclone Yaas likely to make landfall near Balasore around Wednesday noon

Cyclonic storm Yaas is very likely to make landfall near Balasore in north Odisha with a speed of 155 kmph to 165 kmph, gusting to 185 kmph, around noon on May 26, the Met department said on Monday.
 
The system, which lay centred about 620 km south- southeast of Balasore and 610 km south-southeast of Digha in West Bengal over east central Bay of Bengal on Monday morning, will move in a north-northwesterly direction, Sanjib Bandopadhyay, the deputy director at the Regional Met Centre in Kolkata, said.
 
It will intensify into a severe cyclonic storm by Monday night and further intensify into a very severe cyclonic storm by May 26 early morning, he told reporters. "It will cross into the land between Paradip in Odisha and Sagar island in West Bengal, close to Balasore," Bandopadhyay said.

Only Rs 400 crore to West Bengal for cyclone aid, this is discriminatory: CM Mamata Banerjee

Odisha, West Bengal on Yellow alert as 'Yaas' to turn into severe cyclonic storm

A yellow alert has been declared both in Odisha and West Bengal after cyclonic storm 'Yaas' moved slowly north-northwestwards and was very likely to intensify further into a severe cyclonic storm during the next 12 hours, the IMD said. It is expected to intensify into a very severe cyclonic storm during the subsequent 24 hours, said the India Meteorological Department's National Weather Forecasting Centre.
 
As of 8.30 a.m. on Monday, Yaas laid centered over east central Bay of Bengal at latitude 16.4 degree north and longitude 89.6 degree east, about 620 km north-northwest of Port Blair (Andaman Islands), 530 km south-southeast of Paradip (Odisha), 630 km south-southeast of Balasore (Odisha) and 620 km south-southeast of Digha (West Bengal).
 
It would continue to move north-northwestwards, intensify further and reach northwest Bay of Bengal near north Odisha and West Bengal coasts by May 26 early morning.

Heavy rain lashes Kendrapada in Odisha ahead of Cyclone Yaas

Paradip Port gears up to meet any eventuality of cyclone 'Yaas'

The Paradip Port Trust (PPT) administration is fully geared up to meet any eventuality of the impending cyclone 'Yaas', and the port has asked all vessels to pick up anchors and move to sea, according to a statement.
 
India Meteorological Department said the deep depression over the Bay of Bengal intensified into cyclone Yaas in the early hours of Monday and it is likely to intensify into a severe cyclonic storm in the next 24 hours.
 
" As the cyclonic storm 'Yaas' is expected to trigger heavy downpour accompanied by high velocity wind in the locality, PPT Administration is fully geared up to meet any eventuality," PPT said in a statement quoting Port's Chairman Vinit Kumar.

Cyclone Yaas: All vessels to be taken inside dock, ships tied properly to avoid loss at Kolkata port

To avoid loss at the Syama Prasad Mookerjee Port in Kolkata from the impending cyclone Yaas, all port vessels will be taken inside dock for shelter and ships inside docks will be fastened properly following best practices.
 
According to the India Meteorological Department, the deep depression over the Bay of Bengal intensified into cyclone Yaas in the early hours of Monday and it is likely to intensify into a severe cyclonic storm in the next 24 hours.
 
In a statement, a spokesperson of the Syama Prasad Mookerjee Port (formerly Kolkata Port Trust) said separate control room at the Kolkata Dock System and Haldia Dock Complex are manned by senior officers from the marine department, traffic department and CISF.

Cyclone Yaas very likely to intensify further into severe cyclonic storm: IMD

Andhra readies for possible impact of Cyclone Yaas

While Odisha and West Bengal are expected to bear the brunt of the severe cyclonic storm 'Yaas' around May 26, Andhra Pradesh is also preparing itself for its impact.
 
Speaking during the course of a video conference between union home minister and chief ministers of the three states, and the Lieutenant Governor of Andaman and Nicobar islands, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy said that there is a possibility of a slight impact on northern Andhra Pradesh, and the coastal areas, in view the cyclone's movements.
 
Reddy explained that the state government machinery is vigilant, and taking all the necessary precautions, even as it monitors the situation.

Cyclone Yaas to cross north Odisha-West Bengal coasts on May 26 as a very severe cyclonic storm: IMD

We must ensure zero casualty in cyclone Yaas: Piyush Goyal

Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal on Monday said collective efforts of all the stakeholders to deal with cyclone Yaas can ensure zero casualty. He said central and state governments are working together to ensure an orderly planning, relief and rehabilitation measures post cyclone.
 
"We must ensure a completely zero casualty situation and the collective efforts of governments and industry participants can actually make that happen," Goyal said while interacting with industry representatives on preparedness for cyclone Yaas.
 
Several people have been killed in incidents related to cyclone 'Tauktae'. The minister also emphasised on ensuring minimum outage of power and communication.

Oxygen stocks being made available to Covid hospitals in cyclone-prone area: Special Relief Commissioner

Amit Shah reviews preparedness at high-level meeting with CMs of three states

Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Monday held a meeting over video conferencing with the chief ministers of Odisha, West Bengal and Andhra Pradesh along with the Lt. Governor of the Andaman & Nicobar Islands, to assess their preparedness and that of central ministries and agencies concerned to deal with the situation arising out of Cyclone 'Yaas', which is forming in the Bay of Bengal.
 
According to the Ministry of Home Affairs, Shah specifically reviewed and re-iterated to the states and Union Territory administrations to make adequate power backup arrangements in all COVID-19 hospitals, labs, vaccine cold chains and other medical facilities.
 
Further, he advised them to ensure adequate stocks of all essential medicines and supplies in hospitals, keeping in view likely disruption of the movement of vehicles. For health facilities, including temporary hospitals, likely to be affected by the cyclone, the Union Home Minister advised them to make adequate arrangements for securing them from losses and for evacuation of patients in advance, if necessary.

Cyclone Yaas: Blue alert in Bihar

The metrological department in Bihar has issued a blue alert in connection with the very severe cyclonic storm Yaas taking formation in the Bay of Bengal and expected to make landfall in neighbouring Odisha-West Bengal over the next 24 hours.
 
Districts such as Katihar, Kishanganj, Araria, Purnea, Bhagalpur, Gaya, Nawada, Aurangabad etc adjoining West Bengal and Jharkhand will be affected due to cyclonic storm.
 
Besides, districts like Patna, Vaishali, Saran, Bhojpur, Buxar, Muzaffarpur, Samastipur and others are also expected to be hit. The met department predicts that the effect of Yaas will be witnessed from the evening of May 25. According to officials, heavy rainfall with thunderstorms and lightning is expected in almost all the districts in Bihar.

There will be no shortage of Liquid Medical Oxygen (LMO) due to Cyclone Yaas: Dharmendra Pradhan

There will be no shortage of Liquid Medical Oxygen (LMO) due to Cyclone Yaas. Only a challenge of electricity supply can arise due to the cyclone: Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan 

Priority is to keep 'alive' oxygen plants, linked roads in Odisha, Bengal during Cyclone Yaas: NDRF DG

The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has directed its rescue teams to ensure that the country's major medical oxygen generation plants based in Odisha and West Bengal are "running and alive" during Cyclone Yaas that is developing in the Bay of Bengal, a senior officer said on Monday.
 
NDRF director general (DG) S N Pradhan said the force has earmarked a total of 149 teams for undertaking evacuation and rescue operations, of which 99 will be deployed on the ground and the remaining 50 will be available at its various bases across the country for quick airlift, if required.
 
Pradhan added that all the states expected to face the fury of the 'very severe cyclonic storm' have been asked to "not take any chance" and evacuate each and every person from its likely path well in time.

Cyclone Yaas LIVE: Amit Shah reviews preparations with CMs of three states

Union Home Minister, Amit Shah held a review meeting, through video conferencing today, with the Chief Ministers of Odisha, West Bengal and Andhra Pradesh and the Lt. Governor of the Andaman & Nicobar Islands, to assess their preparedness and that of Central Ministries and agencies concerned, to deal with the situation arising out of Cyclone ‘Yaas’, which is forming in the Bay of Bengal. This follows yesterday’s high level review meeting by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
 
Amit Shah specifically reviewed and re-iterated to the States/ UT administrations to make adequate power backup arrangements in all Covid-19 hospitals, labs, vaccine cold chains and other medical facilities. Further, he advised them to ensure adequate stocks of all essential medicines and supplies in hospitals, keeping in view likely disruption of movement of vehicles.

For health facilities, including temporary hospitals, likely to be affected by the cyclone, the Union Home Minister advised them to make adequate arrangements for securing them from losses and for evacuation of patients in advance, if necessary. The Union Home Minister said advance action taken in this regard on the Western coast ensured that there was no adverse impact on any medical facility.
 

Paradip Port gears up to meet any eventuality of impending cyclone Yaas

The Paradip Port Trust (PPT) administration is fully geared up to meet any eventuality of the impending cyclone 'Yaas', Port's Chairman Vinit Kumar said on Monday. According to India Meteorological Department, the deep depression over the Bay of Bengal intensified into cyclone Yaas in the early hours of Monday and it is likely to intensify into a severe cyclonic storm in the next 24 hours.
 
"As the cyclonic storm 'Yaas' is expected to trigger heavy downpour accompanied by high velocity wind in the locality, PPT Administration is fully geared up to meet any eventuality," PPT said in a statement quoting Kumar.
 
According to the statement, the drains in the locality have been cleared on a war footing in order to avoid any possible water-logging.

Cyclone Yaas LIVE: Amit Shah reviews preparedness at high level meeting

Five NDRF teams arrive at Biju Patnaik International Airport in Odisha

Cyclone Yaas: Amit Shah reviews preparedness at high level meeting

Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Monday held a meeting via video conference with the chief ministers of Odisha Andhra Pradesh, West Bengal, and the Lieutenant Governor of Andaman and Nicobar Islands to review preparations in view of Cyclone Yaas.
 
Earlier on Sunday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a meeting with senior government officials to review the preparations for the approaching Cyclone Yaas. Amit Shah had also attended this meeting along with senior government officials and representatives from the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), Secretaries from Telecom, Power, Civil aviation, Earth Sciences Ministries to review preparations against the approaching Cyclone Yaas.

Cyclone Yaas update: Amit Shah reviews preparedness at high level meeting

Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Monday held a meeting via video conference with the chief ministers of Odisha Andhra Pradesh, West Bengal, and the Lieutenant Governor of Andaman and Nicobar Islands to review preparations in view of Cyclone Yaas.

Cyclone Yaas: 99 NDRF teams committed across 4 states, Andaman and Nicobar

The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has committed 99 teams across Odisha, West Bengal, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, and Andaman and Nicobar Islands in the view of Cyclone Yaas, NDRF Director General SN Pradhan said on Monday.
 
"#CycloneYaas Update24/5/21 @NDRFHQ commits 99 tms Across 5States/UT 52 tms(22+30 more)-Odisha 35 tms(25+10more)WBengal Rest across AP/TN/A & N," Pradhan tweeted.
 
As many as 18 teams NDRF teams have been deployed in Odisha alone. Seven teams have been deployed in Balasore, 4 in Bhadrak, 3 in Kendrapada, 2 in Jajpur, one each in Jagatsinghpur and Mayurbhanj. Four teams have also been kept as reserve, as per the NDRF.
 
According to the Odisha government, 66 Odisha Disaster Rapid Action Force (ODRAF) teams and 177 fire services teams are being deployed in areas that are likely to be affected by the cyclone.

Cyclone Yaas: Vaccine drive may be suspended in some parts of Odisha

The vaccination against Covid-19 is likely to be suspended in some districts owing to the impending Cyclone Yaas. While Balasore, Bhadrak, Jagatsinghpur and Kendrapada districts are likely to bear the maximum brunt of nature’s fury, the government has also issued warnings to Mayurbhanj, Keonjhar, Jajpur and Cuttack that may get very heavy rainfall accompanied by strong winds.

'Yaas' intensifies into cyclonic storm, likely to cross Odisha-Bengal coasts on May 26

A deep depression over the Bay of Bengal has intensified into cyclonic storm 'Yaas' and is likely to cross the Odisha-West Bengal coasts on May 26 after turning into a very severe cyclonic storm, the MeT Department said on Monday.
 
'Yaas' is likely to cross the Odisha-West Bengal coasts between Paradip and Sagar Islands around noon on May 26 as a very severe cyclonic storm with wind speeds of 155-165 kmph, Kolkata's Regional Meteorological Centre Deputy Director Sanjib Bandopadhyay said.
 
The system lays 540 km south-southeast of Paradip in Odisha and 630 km south-southeast of Digha in West Bengal on Monday morning and is very likely to move north-northwestwards and intensify into a severe cyclonic storm by Tuesday and into a very severe cyclonic storm by Wednesday morning, the MeT Department said.

Cyclones Yaas update: 60 teams of Odisha Disaster Rapid Action Force being deployed in state

60 teams of Odisha Disaster Rapid Action Force being deployed in the state with equipment for rescue, relief & recovery, in view of cyclone Yaas. "Fishermen have been asked not to venture into the sea. We'll try to ensure there is no casualty," additional SP, Paradeep.

Cyclone Yaas to turn into a Very Severe Cyclonic Storm soon, tweets IMD

IMD tweets on the course of Cyclone Yaas and said, “Depression over East central Bay of Bengal intensified into a Deep Depression and about 600 km north-northwest of Port Blair. To intensify into a Cyclonic Storm and further into a Very Severe Cyclonic Storm during the subsequent 24 hours."



 
 

Cyclone Yaas update: BJP president JP Nadda will hold meeting at 5.30 pm today with BJP MPs, MLAs

Cyclone Yaas update: BJP president JP Nadda will hold a video conference at 5.30 pm today to discuss precaution and relief work with BJP MPs, MLAs & office bearers of affected areas of West Bengal, Orissa, Assam and Sikkim.

Cyclone Yaas update: Amit Shah to hold meeting with CMs of Odisha, Andhra, Bengal

Union Home Minister to hold a meeting via video conference today with the chief ministers of Odisha, Andhra Pradesh, West Bengal and the Lieutenant Governor of Andaman and Nicobar Islands to review preparations in view of cyclone Yaas.
 

Cyclone Tauktae: All missing on board barge P305, tugboat accounted for, says Navy

All the 274 personnel who were on board barge P305 that sank and tugboat Varaprada that went adrift during Cyclone Tauktae fury have been accounted for with the recovery of 16 bodies along Maharashtra and Gujarat coasts, the Navy said on Monday.
 
"A total of 274 crew were reported missing on May 17 (261 from Barge P305 and 13 from Tug Varaprada). While 186 survivors from P305 and two from Varaprada were picked up at sea, 70 mortal remains (bodies) were recovered at sea by ships of Indian Navy and Coast Guard," a Navy spokesperson said. Read on...

Eastern Railway suspends 25 trains between May 24 and 29 in view of cyclone Yaas


Cyclone Tauktae: Death toll on barge P305 rises to 70; Navy searching for 16 missing

The death toll on barge P305 which sank during Cyclone Tauktae fury rose to 70 on Sunday with the recovery of four more bodies, the Navy said, adding it is continuing the search for 16 more believed missing from the barge and tugboat Varaprada.
 
The list of those missing may get a lot shorter if it is confirmed that the 14 bodies recovered along the Maharashtra and Gujarat coasts in the last few days are those of the barge and tugboat personnel, an official said.
 
"Those found ashore are yet to be identified," the official said. While eight bodies were recovered on Raigad coast in Maharashtra, six were found on Valsad coast in Gujarat. Read on...

After Tauktae, India braces for Cyclone Yaas on eastern coast

India was airlifting rescue and relief teams and keeping defence aircraft and naval vessels in readiness as it braced for cyclone Yaas' which is expected to hit eastern coastal areas of Odisha and West Bengal on Wednesday, barely a week after cyclone 'Tauktae' battered the western coast leaving behind a trail of destruction.
 
The India Meteorological Department (IMD) said on Sunday that the cyclone is likely to make landfall on May 26 evening between Paradip in Odisha and Sagar islands in West Bengal after intensifying into a very severe cyclonic storm' with wind speed ranging from 155kmph to 165 kmph, gusting to 185 kmph. It will start bringing heavy rain in coastal areas from Tuesday. Read on...

Eastern Railway suspends 25 trains between May 24-29 due to cyclone Yaas

The Eastern Railway on Sunday said it has cancelled 25 trains between May 24 and May 29 due to Cyclone Yaas.
 
The Railways issued a press release, informing about the decision and also shared lists of the trains it has canceled.
 
The low-pressure area which formed over the east-central Bay of Bengal on Saturday morning has intensified into a depression on Sunday and by Monday morning, it will form a cyclone namely Yaas, informed the India Meteorological Department (IMD) Director General of Meteorology Dr Mrutyunjay Mohapatra. "It is very likely to intensify into a very severe cyclonic storm. Read on...

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