There is a risk of Hurricane Yas storms occurring in several states of the country. And the Meteorological Department expressed the possibility of turning it into a severe typhoon storm. It may hit the beaches of Odisha and West Bengal on May 26th. In light of this, Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a meeting with officials from 14 departments including the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) and the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF). During this time, he reviewed preparedness to deal with the storm.
The meeting was attended by the Secretary General and Responsible for West Bengal, Odisha, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Andaman-Nicobar Islands, and Puducherry. It was also attended by the Chairman of the Railways Council, the Secretary of the NDMA, and the Chief of the Israel Defense Forces, as well as the Ministers of the Interior Ministry, Energy, Shipping, Communications, Petroleum and Natural Gas, Civil Aviation and Fisheries. The meeting was also attended by Directors of the Coast Guard, NDRF and IMD (Meteorological Department).
The PMO, Prime Minister Modi, said that providing the information directed senior officials to work in close coordination with states to ensure the safe evacuation of people from high-risk areas and the timely evacuation of people involved in coastal activities. PM Modi spoke of the need to ensure that the power and communication network outages are restored to a minimum and speed.
He called on officials to ensure proper coordination and planning with the state government to ensure that no interruption in the treatment and vaccination of COVID-19 occurs in hospitals. The Prime Minister directed officials to provide advice and directions on what to do and what not to do during the hurricane, in easy-to-understand local language, and citizens of the affected areas.
It may turn into a hurricane storm on May 24th
According to the Indian Meteorological Department, Cyclone Yas is likely to move north and northwest. It could turn into a tornado storm by May 24 and take the form of a very severe tornado storm for the next 24 hours. It will arrive in the North Bay of Bengal and adjacent to the coasts of Odisha and Northern Bangladesh near West Bengal on May 26.
Danger on the coasts of Odisha, Bengal and Bangladesh
According to the meteorological department, on the evening of May 26, the typhoon will likely move towards the coasts of West Bengal, Odisha and the neighboring country. Wind speeds are expected to reach 90-100 km per hour to 110 km per hour on the morning of May 26 off the coast of West Bengal, northern Odisha and Bangladesh. By the evening it can grow more quickly. The meteorological department said it will continue in a northwestern direction and will take a dangerous turn and reach North Bay of Bengal near West Bengal and the northern coasts bordering Odisha and Bangladesh by the morning of May 26. IMD said, “Around the evening of May 26, it is very likely to cross the coasts of West Bengal and adjacent to northern Odisha and Bangladesh.”
An area of low pressure poses a greater risk
The low pressure zone formed over the Bay of East Central Bengal and adjacent to the North Andaman Sea on Saturday. A low-pressure area is the first stage of hurricane formation, and not all low-pressure areas will necessarily turn into a tornado storm. According to the meteorological department, the low pressure area is expected to be concentrated in the central eastern region of the Bay of Bengal today. It is likely to move from north to northwest, which could turn into a hurricane storm by May 24 and take the form of a severe hurricane storm over the next 24 hours. It will arrive in North Bay of Bengal and the coasts of Northern Odisha and Bangladesh by the morning of May 26th
Hunters have been issued a warning
Hunters have been issued a warning. It is advised not to move towards the southeast and middle east of the Bay of Bengal, the Andaman Sea, and the Andaman-Nicobar Islands between 22 and 24 May. Apart from this, between 23-25 May, between the Bay of Bengal and 24-26 May, it is forbidden to go towards the coasts of Odisha and Bangladesh, including West Bengal. Fishermen in the middle of the sea were also advised to return.
Teams sent to deal with the threat of the storm
The Navy said that in addition to eight flood relief and rescue teams, four teams of divers have been dispatched to Odisha and West Bengal to deal with the potential threat of the storm. Coast Guard and Disaster Relief Teams (DRTs), inflatable boats, life buoys and life jackets, along with a team of doctors and ambulances are on standby. Port authorities, oil rig operators, shipping and fisheries authorities and fishermen’s associations have been informed about the hurricane.
There may be heavy rain on May 27
On May 27, some areas are expected to receive more rain. In addition to the impact of the storm in Odisha and West Bengal, the Andaman and Nicobar Islands and areas of the eastern coast may experience heavy rain and flood conditions.