Cyclone Amphan Live: 2 dead as cyclone crosses near Sunderbans in West Bengal coast

WION Web Team NEW DELHI May 20, 2020, 11:22 AM (IST)

Residents walk along a street to a shelter ahead of the expected landfall of cyclone Amphan in Digha, West Bengal Photograph: AFP

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Heavy rains and winds lashed two eastern Indian states and parts of Bangladesh hours before a powerful cyclone made landfall on Wednesday, with rescue teams evacuating millions of villagers to higher ground in an operation complicated by the coronavirus pandemic.

May 20, 2020, 08:15 PM

National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) personnel have been clearing electricity wires between Digha in east Midnapore district and Odisha border after cyclone Amphan made landfall earlier today.


May 20, 2020, 06:31 PM

As cyclone Amphan began making landfall, West Bengal officials said two people died as it crossed the coast near the Sunderbans.

IMD officials said the cyclone will reach near Kolkata by Wednesday evening.


May 20, 2020, 05:09 PM

Bangladesh Red Crescent said one of its volunteer drowned when the boat capsized while evacuating villagers as cyclone Amphan barrelled towards the coast.


May 20, 2020, 04:59 PM

NDRF chief SN Pradhan said that all the teams are equipped with tree cutters/pole cutters for post landfall restoration, if need arises.


May 20, 2020, 04:57 PM

According to the IMD, Chandipur in Balasore district witnessed rainfall and strong winds. The landfall process of commenced since 2:30pm and will continue for about 4 hours.


May 20, 2020, 03:32 PM

The landfall process commenced since 2:30 PM, will continue for about 4 hours. The forward sector of the wall cloud region is entering into land in West Bengal: Director, IMD Bhubaneswar. (ANI)
 


May 20, 2020, 03:32 PM

A West Bengal-bound special train scheduled to depart from Himachal Pradesh on Wednesday was cancelled due to the forecast of cyclonic storm ‘Amphan’ making landfall there, a senior official said. (PTI)


May 20, 2020, 12:28 PM

Keeping in view the landfall of Cyclone Amphan, all the operations at the Kolkata Airport will be suspended till 5 am on Thursday, including special flights for the COVID-19 pandemic, news agency ANI reported, quoting the Airport Director for West Bengal.


May 20, 2020, 12:26 PM

We're looking at the time and possible speed of #Amphan's landing. As per IMD, the storm surge could be 4-6 meters of seawater which will enter the land area. NDRF teams are coordinating with local administration for storm surge response.41 teams are deployed in Odisha and West Bengal: NDRF Chief
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May 20, 2020, 12:04 PM

Wind speed has picked up near coastal Odisha and is blowing at around 100 kmph at Paradip. The wind is not that strong in West Bengal. Odisha has evacuated nearly 1.5 lakh people from Balasore and Bhadrak, while West Bengal has evacuated over 3.3 lakh people: NDRF Chief SN Pradhan told news agency ANI


May 20, 2020, 12:02 PM

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May 20, 2020, 11:38 AM

Cyclone Amphan lies 177km south southeast of Digha. After  landfall, it is likely to move north northeast close to Kolkata. At the time of crossing coast, wind speed to be around 155-165kmph. It is likely to retain intensity as cyclone till Mayb21 morning: Deputy Director, IMD Kolkata (ANI)


May 20, 2020, 11:37 AM

Eastern Naval Command is monitoring the developments in the Bay of Bengal closely and Naval Officers-in-Charge (West Bengal) and (Odisha) are in constant communication with respective State Administrations to augment rescue and relief operations as needed: Indian Navy (ANI)


May 20, 2020, 11:35 AM

Heavy to very heavy rainfall occurred at isolated places over north coastal districts of Odisha and heavy rainfall over coastal West Bengal during past 24 hours. Gale Wind, speed reaching 100-110 kmph gusting to 125 kmph, prevailed along & off north coastal Odisha districts. PIB report
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May 20, 2020, 11:24 AM

Plan during and after Cyclone Amphan strikes: Dos and Don'ts

If outdoors

Do not enter damaged buildings
Watch out for broken electrical poles and wires, and other sharp objects
If your house is unsafe, leave early before the onset of a cyclone
Seek a safer shelter as soon as possible

(Source: National Disaster Management Authority)


May 20, 2020, 11:23 AM

Plan during and after Cyclone Amphan strikes: Dos and Don'ts

If indoors

 Switch off electrical mains, gas supply
 Keep door and windows shut
 If your house is unsafe, leave early before the onset of a cyclone
 Listen to radio/transistor
 Drink boiled/chlorinated water
 Rely only on official warning

(Source: National Disaster Management Authority)




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