Mayor Firhad Hakim said on Sunday that the Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) has alerted its staff and disaster management teams in view of the formation of cyclonic storm ‘Asani’, which is likely to turn into a severe cyclone. .
Mayor Firhad Hakim said on Sunday that the Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) has alerted its staff and disaster management teams in view of the formation of cyclonic storm ‘Asani’, which is likely to turn into a severe cyclone. . The mayor said, the leave of all the employees concerned is being canceled to deal with any emergency arising due to the cyclone. He said that there is no possibility of its spread in the city, but in view of the cyclone, there will be heavy rains.
Hakim told reporters here, “However, if the cyclone hits the city, we are preparing to deal with any situation so that life can return to normal at the earliest.” Taking lessons from the impacts, the municipal administration is taking all measures like keeping cranes, electric saws and bulldozers on alert to clear the blockages caused by fallen trees and other debris. He said, “We did not understand what exactly the effect of Amfan could be, but learning from our experience, we are making all the preparations.”
Significantly, hundreds of trees were uprooted in the city due to Amfan. Roadways were blocked in some areas and power supply was snapped in the city for a few days. Hakim told that during the movement of ‘Asani’, the city’s municipal administration will keep a control room operational. The Meteorological Department has predicted that Asani, located in the southeast of the Bay of Bengal, is likely to intensify into a severe cyclone when it moves north-west.
The Meteorological Department has predicted that Asani will turn north-east and move north-west Bay of Bengal off Odisha coast on Tuesday, while reaching west-central and adjoining north-west Bay of Bengal off north Andhra-Odisha coasts. There is a lot of potential to move forward. After this, the severe cyclonic storm is likely to intensify into a cyclonic storm on Wednesday and intensify into a deep depression by Thursday.
The Meteorological Department said that there is a possibility of light to moderate rain in Gangetic West Bengal from Tuesday to Friday. Along with this, heavy rain may occur at one or two places in the coastal districts of Purba Medinipur, South 24 Parganas and North 24 Parganas of West Bengal. A state government official said that the administrations of these three districts are keeping cyclone shelters, schools and other pucca structures, dry food and essential medicines ready to deal with any situation. Police and civil defense officials have advised fishermen at the fishing ports of Shankarpur, Fraserganj and other places not to venture into the sea in view of the bad weather conditions.
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