IMD: It's very likely to intensify further into Very Severe Cyclonic Storm by 18th morning | Fear of cyclone Amfan to hit Odisha-Bengal by May 18, Odisha demands special trains to stop

  • Alert issued in 12 coastal districts in view of Cyclone Amfan in Odisha
  • The Meteorological Department has warned fishermen not to venture into the sea between 18 and 21 May.

Dainik Bhaskar

May 17, 2020, 01:01 AM IST

Bhubaneswar Cyclone Amphon in the Bay of Bengal may take a gigantic form in the next 2 days. It is expected to hit the coast of Odisha and West Bengal. In view of the threat of the storm, the Odisha government issued an alert in 12 coastal districts. At the same time, the Central Government has been asked to stop the labor special trains being run to send the trapped laborers home due to lockdown before Odisha for the next 3 to 4 days.

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Saturday discussed the handling of the storm through video conferencing with the collectors. The Odisha Disaster Relief Force (ODRF), NDRF and Fire Department have been instructed to remain alert.

According to the Meteorological Department, a low pressure area was formed in the southeast Bay of Bengal, which is gradually turning into a cyclone. The cyclone started in the northwest of the Bay of Bengal from May 17 onwards. Will move towards the coast of Bengal and North Odisha. It is expected to turn into a severe cyclonic storm in the next 12 hours i.e. by Sunday afternoon and by Monday morning.

Wind can move at a speed of 115 km / h

The Meteorological Department has warned fishermen not to venture into the sea off the coasts of Odisha and Bengal between 18th and 21st. Those who are currently at sea have also been asked to return to the coast by 17 May. It is feared that the speed of the winds during the cyclone may be up to 115 km / h.

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