Odisha Continues To Transport Medical Oxygen Amid Cyclone Yaas

Despite the onset of Very Severe Cyclonic Storm Yaas, the transport of liquid medical oxygen (LMO) from Odisha remained unrestrained. As per the official report, four oxygen tankers were transported from Angul to Hyderabad and Visakhapatnam and two were moved from Jajpur to Berhampur and Bhubaneswar, under close supervision and guidance of Odisha Police.

A total of 263 Oxygen Expresses have been sent including those carrying 680 MT from Odisha, West Bengal, and Jharkhand in the last 12 hours. A total of eight Oxygen Expresses have moved from Odisha.

Director-General India Meteorological Department (IMD) Mrutyunjay Mohapatra stated that Cyclone Yaas made landfall in Odisha’s Bhadrak district in the morning. Yaas has reduced to a severe cyclonic storm after battering Odisha and West Bengal with a wind speed of 130-145kmph, flooding the low-lying areas.

Updates from Odisha:

  • The Regional Meteorological Centre at Bhubaneswar issued a red warning and predicted heavy to very heavy rainfall in 9 districts of Odisha after the cyclone’s landfall in Balasore.
  • Cyclone Yaas has left behind a trail of destruction, flattening kutcha houses, uprooting trees and electric poles, causing rivers to swell.
  • Multiple teams of ODRAF, NDRF, Odisha Police, fire personnel and PWD swung into action once landfall was complete. Rescue operations are underway on a war-footing.

Impact in West Bengal:

As per CM Mamta Banerjee, West Bengal has been the worst-hit state from the cyclone and relief material worth Rs 10 crore has been sent to the affected areas. “At least one crore people in Bengal have been affected by this natural disaster. As of now, 300,000 houses have been damaged. One person died an accidental death even after he was rescued,” Banerjee said.

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