Cyclonic storm Amphan which now intensified into an extremely severe super cyclone added up to the already suffering India which has been combating Coronavirus. Speculated to hit the West Bengal and Bangladesh coasts with heavy rains and strong winds by Wednesday, National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) raised to the need deploying as many as 37 teams with the addition of 20 more as the part of rescue operations amid the Corona chaos.
According to the reports from India Meteorological Department (IMD), the cyclone which is now centred 940 km southwest of Digha in West Bengal and 790 km south of Paradip in Odisha is gaining strength up to 185 kmph could lash the coastal areas with heavy rains. The impact is speculated to be high in Gajapati, Ganjam, Puri, Jagatsinghpur and Kendrapara districts of Odisha, and East Medinipur, South and North 24 Pargana, Howrah, Hooghly, and Kolkata in Gangetic West Bengal.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will chair a high-level meeting at 4 pm to review the situation arising out of cyclone ‘Amphan’, which is likely to hit the eastern coast. Home Minister Amit Shah took to his official Twitter handle stating the same on Monday.
While West Bengal has already issued Orange warning in the coastal villages, the Odisha government began the evacuation of people from coastal villages. It has reportedly set up 567 cyclone shelters and 7,000 concrete buildings have been identified to accommodate about 11 lakh people.