Kolkata: As neighbouring West Bengal and Odisha brace for another severe cyclone Yaas following last year’s Amphan havoc, NDRF chief SN Pradhan has requested authorities in both states to adopt an “over-preparing” approach for the impending natural disaster.
The NDRF also asked the states to carry out evacuation work even in the least vulnerable places. According to Pradhan, those engaged in evacuation work must realise as well as make people aware of the choice between temporary discomfort and death.
As precautionary measures for Cyclone Yaas, the Indian Air Force (IAF) has kept 11 transport aircraft and 25 helicopters ready to carry out humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations, officials were quoted as saying by The Times of India on Sunday.
On Tuesday, May 25, Midnapore, 24 Parganas, Howrah and Hooghly will get light to moderate rainfall while heavy to very heavy rainfall is predicted in other areas.
Heavy to very heavy rainfall is predicted in Nadia, Bardhaman, Bankura, Purulia & Birbhum on Wednesday, May 26, DDGM IMD Sanjeev Banerjee was quoted as saying by the national daily.
The cyclone is expected to intensify into a very severe cyclonic storm and will cross the coast of north Odisha and West Bengal between Paradeep and Sagar Island.
“The wind speed will be gusting to 185 Kmph. It is highly damaging wind speed, you can compare the damage with last Cyclone Tauktae and Cyclone Amphan,” IMD said.