Cyclone Yaas Update: Odisha Prepares to Face Very Severe Cyclonic Storm
As Cyclone Yaas closes in on the eastern coast, the Odisha government has put all coastal and adjoining districts on high alert. The state has put 14 districts out of 30 under high alert. The government has also urged the Indian Navy and the Indian Coast Guard to be prepared for the emerging situation.
The IMD has predicted that Cyclone Yaas will hit the Odisha-West Bengal coast by May 26 but the possible path of the system, its speed, and landfall location is yet to be forecasted.
Odisha Chief Secretary SC Mohapatra, after chairing a meeting with senior officers, said that the state administration has made necessary preparations for cyclone Yaas. “The state has been gearing up for the challenge beforehand”, Mohapatra informed.
PK Jena, Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) addressed the press saying, “The DIG of Indian Coast Guard has informed us that two of their flights and two ships are making rounds of the Bay of Bengal. They will rescue the fishermen if trapped anywhere in the sea. The authorities of Indian Naval Ship Chilika and Indian Navy have been alerted, who are in touch with the state government.”
He further informed that suitable pucca buildings have been identified in districts to keep vulnerable people in a safe shelter.
Furthermore, the fishermen have been warned not to venture into the deep seas of the central Bay of Bengal between May 23 and May 25 and into the north Bay of Bengal from May 24 to May 27.
In addition to the impact of Cyclone Yaas in Odisha and West Bengal, there is a possibility of extensive rains in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands and other areas along the east coast.