The Indian Air Force (IAF) Wednesday airlifted 102 passengers and 4.5 tons of cargo from Arakonam to Kalikunda to assist the NDRF, with Typhoon Yas expected to reach Odisha and parts of West Bengal soon.
The operation was carried out by two C-130s and two An-32s. Another C-130 was transported to 62 passengers and 6.8 tons of cargo from Lillabari to Kolkata. In addition, two IAF An-32 aircraft were deployed to transport 41 passengers and 4 tons of cargo from Lilabari to Panagarh.
The landing of Cyclone Yas between Dhamra and Balasur in Odisha began at around 9 am on Wednesday and is expected to last about three to four hours.
According to the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD), there is a possibility of landfall at noon. Residents of Odisha, West Bengal and Jharkhand faced strong winds and torrential rains on Wednesday morning and were prepared for the cyclone.
Odisha Prime Minister Navin Patnaik held a meeting with the Chief Secretary and Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) on Tuesday through a virtual platform connecting the state control room and the hurricane dashboard. He also sought cooperation in evacuating people and directed the administration to monitor the situation regularly.