Amit Shah speaks to West Bengal, Odisha CMs, reviews Cyclone Amphan preparedness

WION Web Team
New Delhi Published: May 19, 2020, 12.46 PM(IST)

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All fishing activities have been suspended in both the states until May 20, according to reports. 

Home Minister Amit Shah has spoken to West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee and Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and reviewed the preparedness for Cyclone Amphan, reported news agency ANI. 

Shah assured both the chief ministers that the Centre was committed to helping the state and already teams of NDRF have been deployed.

Centre is ready to give any assistance the state requires, said MHA sources.

Meanwhile, IMD said Super Cyclonic Storm ‘AMPHAN’ moved north-northeastwards with a speed of 14 km/ph during past 6 hours and lay centred at 5:30 am today over west-central Bay of Bengal about 520 km nearly south of Paradip, Odisha.

It's very likely to weaken into an extremely severe cyclonic storm during next 6 hrs. It's very likely to move north northeastwards across the northwest Bay of Bengal and cross W Bengal–Bangladesh coasts b/w Digha&Hatiya Islands close to Sundarbans during afternoon/evening of 20 May, the IMD added.

Seventeen teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) have been deployed in Odisha and West Bengal in view of the approaching Cyclone Amphan.

Cyclone Amphan, according to an IMD report on early Sunday, is developing into a severe cyclonic storm in the Bay of Bengal and can become a very severe cyclonic storm potentially in the next 24 hours.

All fishing activities have been suspended in both the states until May 20, according to reports. 

 

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