New Delhi: Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba on Tuesday chaired the third meeting of the National Crisis Management Committee (NCMC) to review the preparedness to deal with the Cyclonic Storm Amphan. Mr Gauba asked the state governments to ensure timely and complete evacuation of people from low lying areas in cyclone path and maintain adequate quantities of essential supplies such as food, drinking water and medicines.
They were also advised that teams for road clearance and other restoration work be kept ready. While reviewing the preparedness of the states, central ministries and agencies concerned to deal with this unprecedented Cyclonic Storm, Mr Gauba was apprised by the India Meteorological Department (IMD) that the Super Cyclone is expected to impact the West Bengal coast by the afternoon or evening on May 20.
Describing the damage potential of the cyclone Amphan, expected to be higher than that of Cyclone ‘Bulbul’ which hit the West Bengal Coast on November 9 last year, the IMD said “Very high wind speeds ranging up to 155-165 kmph gusting to 185 kmph are expected, accompanied by heavy rainfall and storm surges of 4-5 metres in the coastal districts of the State. Districts of East Medinipur, South & North 24 Parganas, Howrah, Hooghly, and Kolkata are expected to be impacted”.
The cyclone will also bring heavy rainfall, squally winds and storm surges in the coastal districts of Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapada, Bhadrak, Jajpur and Balasore in Odisha, the Central weather department informed NCMC. (UNI)