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Highlights: Cyclone Amphan to make landfall on Bengal coast on May 20: Govt

Cyclone Amphan is likely to hit West Bengal as a 'very severe cyclone' on Wednesday, Ministry of Home Affairs said.

By HT Correspondent | Updated: May 18, 2020 23:42 IST
Highlights: Cyclone Amphan to make landfall on Bengal coast on May 20: Govt

More than 12 months have passed since Odisha faced the wrath of Cyclone Fani, that affected the eastern region along with neighbouring nations such as Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. In recent days, Cyclone Amphan has been brewing in the Bay of Bengal. Yesterday, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) had warned that Amphan is very likely to intensify into a severe cyclonic storm soon and would move towards the northern direction. The Odisha govt has requested Prime Minister Narendra Modi to temporarily suspend Shramik special trains in specific areas that will be affected by the cyclone. 12 coastal and adjoining districts in Odisha have been put on alert. The states of Odisha and West Bengal have sent disaster management teams to move families from low lying areas to protective shelters.

07:21 PM IST

Cyclone Amphan to make landfall on Bengal coast on May 20 evening: Govt

Cyclone Amphan will make landfall on West Bengal coast on May 20 evening as extremely severe cyclonic storm with wind speeds up to 195 kmph, the govt has said.

07:20 PM IST

PM holds review meet with MHA, NDMA on Cyclone Amphan situation in country

PM Narendra Modi held a meeting with MHA and NDMA to review the situation arising out of Cyclone Amphan in different parts of the country.

03:51 PM IST

Kerala receives heavy rains as Cyclone Amphan intensifies

Many parts of Kerala have experienced heavy rains since overnight due to the impact of super cyclone Amphan, officials said. Widespread damage was reported from Vaikom taluk in Kottayam district after strong winds accompanied by heavy rains lashed the coastal town since Sunday night, reports PTI.

03:20 PM IST

Cyclone likely to cross Bengal and Bangladesh coasts on May 20, says IMD

The India Meteorological Department department said that Cyclone Amphan is has intensified into a super cyclone, and will cross West Bengal and Bangladesh coast on May 20, reports PTI.

03:07 PM IST

6 districts in West Bengal placed on alert

The West Bengal government is taking necessary arrangements in view of Cyclone Amphan that is expected to make a landfall on Wednesday. Sources said that at least 7 NDRF teams have been deployed in six West Bengal districts including East Midnapore, West Midnapore, South 24-Parganas, North 24-Parganas, Hooghly and Howrah, reports IANS.

02:25 PM IST

37 NDRF teams to fight cyclone and Covid-19, says DG

S N Pradhan, the Directorate General of the National Disaster Response Force said that a total of 37 teams of the federal contingency force have been deployed in the states of Odisha and West Bengal out of which 20 teams are actively deployed and 17 are on standby, reports PTI.

02:07 PM IST

Tamil Nadu to not face impact of cyclone, but situation being monitored: State govt

The Tamil Nadu government said that the state will not face the impact of cyclone 'Amphan' but it is constantly monitoring the situation along with the India Meteorological Department (IMD), reports PTI.

01:57 PM IST

Thousands being evacuated, port operations halted

Officials said that thousands of Indians are being evacuated and port operations have been stopped amid the cyclone amphan which will turn into a severe cyclonic storm very soon. The states of Odisha and West Bengal have sent disaster management teams to moves families to protective shelters, Reuters reports.

01:52 PM IST

PM Modi to hold meeting with home ministry, NDMA today

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will hold a meeting with officials of the ministry of home affairs (MHA) and National Disaster Management Agency (NDMA) on Monday amid a warning that cyclonic storm ‘Amphan’ is likely to intensify into a super cyclone by Monday evening.

01:01 PM IST

IMD issues heavy rainfall warning for 6 states

The Indian Meteorological Department has issued a warning of heavy rainfall for 6 states till May 21. IMD said that Odisha, West Bengal and its sub Himalayan parts, Sikkim, Assam and Meghalaya will receive heavy rainfall till May 21.

First published: May 18, 2020 12:39 IST