While India is still recovering from the destruction caused by cyclone Tauktae, another cyclone called ‘Yaas’ is likely to hit the country’s eastern coastline.
The India Meteorological Department (IMD) said on Sunday that the cyclone is expected to arrive on May 26 evening. It might occur between Paradip in Odisha and Sagar islands in West Bengal after intensifying into a very severe cyclonic storm’.
Accompanied by wind with a speed of 155 kmph to 165 kmph, gusting to 185 kmph. It will start bringing heavy rain in coastal areas from Tuesday.
Currently, the administration is trying to shift people to shelter homes, while following COVID-19 protocols. Odisha and West Bengal are the states on high alert.
According to the Airport Authority of India (AAI), all the airports in the eastern region will be on alert since there might be a change in the path of cyclonic winds.
Entering of ships will be stopped from Tuesday morning, while cargo handling will be halted at 2 pm and workers will be shifted to safety.
Yaas is likely to make landfall near Balasore in north Odisha. Thus, the government must ensure zero casualties in Cyclone Yaas.
Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal said central and state governments are working together to guarantee orderly planning, relief, and rehabilitation measures post cyclone.
Indian authorities have started evacuating thousands of people from coastal areas as this coming cyclone is said to cause more devastation than the last one.
Cyclone Yaas, the second storm to hit the country in a week, is set to turn into a “very severe cyclonic storm” with wind speeds of up to 110 miles per hour (177 kph), the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) said.
About 99 teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) is sent for relief measures. The bulk of 52 are being deployed in Odisha followed by 35 in West Bengal, 5 in Tamil Nadu, 3 at Vishakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh. Possibly 4 are in Jharkhand and 1 is in Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
NDRF has directed 149 teams to undertake evacuation and rescue operations. The teams will also make sure that the country’s major medical oxygen generation plants based in the affected states are running efficiently.