Fishermen have been advised not to venture out into the sea along and off the states of Odisha, Bengal and Andhra Pradesh coasts. (Image source: Wikimedia Commons) Photograph: (Others)
Kyant is likely to gain more strength in the span of next 48 to 72 hours, according to Indian Meteorological Department
Kyant, the first cyclone of the season, is likely to make a landfall in eastern Indian state of Odisha in the next 24 hours, according to Indian Meteorological Department (IMD).
The deep depression over east-central Bay of Bengal intensified into a cyclonic storm, Kyant, on Tuesday morning, the government agency said. The cyclone derives its name from crocodile in the Mon language spoken in parts of Myanmar and Thailand.
According to the weather predictions, the cyclone is expected to gain more strength in the span of next 48 to 72 hours.
While the cyclonic storm was earlier advancing towards Myanmar, it made a turn towards two coastal states of India – Odisha and Andhra Pradesh. The Met department has predicted that the cyclone could result in wind speed above 100 km per hour when it hits the coastal states.
Fishermen in the states of Odisha, West Bengal and Andhra Pradesh and surrounding areas have been advised not to venture out in the sea.
Meanwhile, Odisha's chief minister, Naveen Patnaik, chaired an urgent meeting on Tuesday to review the state government’s preparedness to tackle the cyclone.
The state administration has decided to not allow any medical officers or doctors to take leaves till the cyclone loses its strength. The administration has also cancelled the leaves of government officials in 14 districts.
The entire health department has been put on alert and control room has been set up to monitor the cyclone.
The Met department has predicted moderate to heavy rains and thunder showers in the eastern part of India besides Bangladesh and Myanmar.
All maritime ports in Bangladesh have been advised to issue warnings. The Met office of Bangladesh has advised all fishing boats over North Bay to remain close to the coast and proceed with caution till further notice. Fishermen already in deep sea are also advised to return to Bangladesh coast immediately.