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Super Cyclone Amphan over Bay of Bengal to affect West Bengal and north Odisha coasts

  • The cyclone AMPHAN intensified into a Super Cyclone around noon today, the 18th May, 2020.
  • It is a very intense cyclone with associated wind speed of 220-230 kmph.
  • It is expected to cross West Bengal–Bangladesh coasts between Digha(West Bengal) and Hatiya Islands (Bangladesh) close to Sundarbansduring afternoon/evening of 20th May 2020.
  • It will hit land as an Extremely Severe Cyclonic Storm with wind speed of 165-175 kmph gusting to 195 kmph.
  • It will cause heavy to extremely heavy rainfall over Gangetic West Bengal and heavy to very heavy rainfall over north coastal Odisha on 19th and 20th.
  • Storm surge of about 4-6 meters above astronomical tide is likely to inundate low lying areas of south & north 24 Parganas and about 3-4 meters over the low lying areas of East Medinipur districtofWest Bengalduring the time of landfall.
  • This cyclone has extensive damaging potential. It will cause extensive large scale damage.

(i)    Damage expected over West Bengal (east Medinipur, south & north 24 Parganas, Howrah, Hoogli, Kolkata districts) and action suggested

  • Extensive damage to all types of kutcha houses, some damage to old badly managed Pucca structures. Potential threat from flying objects.
  • Extensive uprooting of communication and power poles. Disruption of rail/road link.
  • Extensive damage to standing cropsplantations, orchards.Blowing down of Palm&coconut trees.Uprooting of large bushy trees. Large boats and shipsmay get torn from their moorings.

Fishermen Warning & Action Suggested:

  • Total suspension of fishing operations during 18th to 20th May 2020.
  • Diversion or suspension of rail and road traffic.
  • People in affected areas to remain indoorsMobilise evacuation from Low lying areas.
  • Movement in motor boats and small ships not advisable.

(ii)   Damage expected over Odisha (Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapara, Bhadrak, Balasore, Jajpur & Mayurbhanj)

  • Total destruction of thatched housesextensive damage to kutcha houses. Potential threat from flying objects. Bending/ uprooting of power and communication poles.
  • Major damage to Kutcha and Pucca roads. Minor disruption of railways, overhead power lines and signalling systems.
  • Widespread damage to standing crops, plantations, orchards, falling of green coconuts and tearing of palm fronds. Blowing down of bushy trees like mango.
  • Small boats, country crafts may get detached from moorings.

Fishermen Warning & Action Suggested:

· Total suspension of fishing operations during 18th to 20th May 2020.

· Diversion or suspension of rail and road traffic.

· People in affected areas to remain indoors.

· Movement in motor boats and small ships not advisable.

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