Cyclone ‘Aasani’ will move in a northwest direction by the evening of May 10, causing heavy rains over Coastal Andhra, Odisha and adjoining West Bengal.
The eastern Indian states of Andhra Pradesh, Odisha and West Bengal are gearing up for cyclone ‘easing’ as it intensifies into the Bay of Bengal over the next 24 hours. According to the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) predictions, the severe cyclonic storm will bring very heavy rainfall over Coastal Andhra, Odisha and adjoining West Bengal on May 10, 11 and 12.
Rain starts in West Bengal, Odisha
The impact of the storm is already being felt in three states as West Bengal’s capital Kolkata has been receiving heavy rain and thundershowers since yesterday.
In Odisha also, it has started raining in Bhadrak city. Bibekananda Das of Odisha Disaster Rapid Action Force (ODRAF) said that a 37-member team has reached the spot to carry out rescue operations if needed.
In an interview with ANI, senior scientist Uma Shankar had said that the deep depression in the southeast Bay of Bengal intensified into a severe cyclonic storm and as per IMD it is 390 km southeast of Kakinada in Andhra Pradesh by 5.30 pm on Monday. was in However, Uma Shankar had said that the cyclone would continue to move in a northwest direction till the evening of May 10, but ruled out any possibility of landfall. Meanwhile, heavy rain is very likely at isolated places over Coastal Odisha and adjoining West Bengal on May 11 and 12.
The scientist said that the rain will start from the evening of May 10 and a yellow alert has been issued for rain in three districts of Odisha- Gajapati, Ganjam and Puri. Apart from this, heavy rain warning has been issued for five districts of the state- Jagatsinghpur, Puri, Khurda, Cuttack and Ganjam. In a recent update, the IMD informed that the severe cyclonic storm was about 450 km south-east of Visakhapatnam till 11:30 am today and will gradually weaken over the next 24 hours.
The IMD said that the cyclone is likely to move north-northeastwards and move towards north-west Bay of Bengal off north Andhra Pradesh and Odisha coasts. Meanwhile, a yellow alert has been issued to Srikakulam, Vizianagaram, Visakhapatnam as well as East and West Godavari districts of Andhra Pradesh. However, heavy to very heavy rainfall is likely over these areas on May 10 and May 11.
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The IMD has issued a warning advising fishermen not to venture into the Bay of Bengal till May 12 and those in the sea to return to the coast. Earlier today, Odisha Chief Minister’s Office informed that several rescue teams successfully airlifted 11 fishermen stranded in the turbulent sea off the coast of Ganjam. Besides this, the Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) has also put its teams on high alert and is preparing 77 drainage pumping stations to avoid waterlogging in the cities.
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