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

Newdelhi:19/5/20: According to the latest release (at 1900 Hrs. IST)by the Cyclone Warning Division of the India Meteorological Department:

  • The cyclone AMPHAN intensified into a Super Cyclone around noon today, the 18th of May, 2020.
  • It is a very intense cyclone with an 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 district of West Bengal during 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 treesUprooting of large bushy trees. Large boats and ships may get torn from their moorings.

Fishermen Warning & Action Suggested:

  • Total suspension of fishing operations during18th 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 motorboats 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 signaling 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 motorboats and small ships not advisable.

Observed and forecast track of Super cyclonic storm AMPHAN along with of (a) cone of uncertainty and (b) quadrant wise wind  distribution

(c) INSAT 3D satellite imagery based on 1230 hrs IST of 18th May and (d) Storm surge guidance from INCOIS

Kindly visit www.rsmcnewdelhi.imd.gov.in and www.mausam.imd.gov.in for updates on the system.

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Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.

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