NDRF deploys 37 teams, PM Modi to review the situation at 4 pm. The Home Ministry has said cyclonic storm Amphan may intensify into a super cyclone by Monday evening. Heavy to extremely heavy rainfall, accompanied by high-speed winds and tidal waves are expected in parts of Odisha and Bengal.
The Home Ministry has warned that cyclonic storm Amphan is likely to intensify into a super cyclone by Monday evening and hit the West Bengal and Bangladesh coasts as a very severe cyclone on Wednesday.
The India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Monday morning said Amphan over central parts of South Bay of Bengal had intensified into an extremely severe cyclonic storm. The weather department also issued a cyclone alert for West Bengal and north Odisha coasts.
Cyclone Amphan Has Turned Into “Super Cyclone”, Says Weather Office.
Cyclone Amphan, which is expected to make landfall in Bengal on Wednesday, has turned in to a “super cyclone”, the weather office said this afternoon. It had intensified into an extremely severe cyclonic storm overnight. “The Extremely Severe Cyclonic Storm ‘AMPHAN’ (pronounced as UM-PUN) intensified into Super Cyclonic Storm at 1130 IST of today, the 18th May 2020.” The India Meteorological Department or IMD tweeted this afternoon.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is set to hold a “high-level” meeting this evening at 4 to review preparedness.
To review the arising cyclone situation in various parts of the country, PM @narendramodi ji will chair a high level meeting with MHA & NDMA, today at 4pm.
— Amit Shah (@AmitShah) May 18, 2020
Several southern states were also hit by heavy rain due to the storm. A “very heavy rain warning” has been issued for Odisha, West Bengal, Sikkim, Meghalaya till Thursday (May 21).
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