Bhubaneswar, May 20 : Over 1.5 lakh people from the north coastal districts of Odisha were evacuated as the Super Cyclonic Storm ‘AMPHAN’ over Northwest Bay of Bengal moved north-northeastward triggering heavy rains, uprooting trees, electric poles and damaging hundreds of kutcha houses. IMD sources the super cyclone storm Amphan is now located at about 120 km eastsouth east of Paradip (Odisha), 200 km south of Digha (West Bengal) and 360 km southwest of Khepupara (Bangladesh). It will move north-north eastwards across northwest Bay of Bengal and cross West Bengal – Bangladesh coasts between Digha (West Bengal) and Hatiya Islands (Bangladesh) close to Sundarbans during afternoon to evening hours of today with maximum sustained wind speed of 155-165 kmph gusting to 185 kmph.
The Landfall process will commence from today afternoon and after landfall the system is likely to move north-north eastwards close to Kolkata. The system is now being continuously tracked by the Doppler Weather Radar (DWR) at Vishakhapatnam (Andhra Pradesh). Under its impact, heavy rains lashed coastal districts of Jagatsinghpur, Dhenkanal, Cuttack and Kendrapara districts and northern districts of Balasore and Bhadrak. The Cyclone Amphan, Met sources said has crossed Paradeep and now moving towards Balasore which has been witnessing high wind speed accompanied by heavy rains. Met sources said, Gale wind speed reaching 90 to 100 kmph gusting to 110 kmph prevailed along and off Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapara, Bhadrak, Balasore and Mayurbhanj districts and squally wind speed reaching 55 to 65 kmph gusting to 75 kmph is prevailing along and off remaining coastal districts of Puri, Khurda, Cuttack, and Jajpur.
The state government had already deployed 15 NDRF and 15 ODRAF teams besides Fire Brigade teams in the six coastal and adjoining districts for rescue operation. Reports reaching the state headquarter here said at several places in the coastal districts of Kenadrapara, Jagatsinghpur trees were uprooted due to the impact of cyclone Amphan. At several places also the electric poles were uprooted snapping the power communication. Met sources said the Gale wind speed reaching 165-175 gusting to 195 kmph is prevailing over northwest and adjoining west central Bay of Bengal which is gradually decreasing. Rain will continue to lash with less intensity in the coastal districts of Jagatsinghpur and Kendarapara, Cuttack, Khordha, Puri till this afternoon while its intensity will rise in Balasore and Bhadrak district and will continue till this evening. SRC office sources said the collectors of six coastal districts have been asked to send the detailed report of damage caused due to the cyclone Amphan. (UNI)