Bhadrak: Considering the path of super cyclonic storm Amphan, which is likely to cross West Bengal -Bangladesh coasts by the evening of May 20, the Odisha Government today issued high alert for two blocks in Bhadrak district.
Chandbali (Dhamra in particular) and Basudevpur blocks in Bhadrak district have been put on high alert because of high wind impact, informed district Collector Gyana Das.
To ensure state Government’s target of achieving zero casualty,massive evacuation drive is being taken in the blocks. Teams of NDRF, ODRAF and Fire Services have been pressed into service on war-footing, said the Collector.
Chandbali (Dhamra in particular) and Basudevpur blocks have been put on high alert because of high wind impact. Massive evacuation drive being taken by blocks. NDRF, ODRAF, and Fire Services are in action. pic.twitter.com/zWyb4VcvHT
— GYANA DAS (@gyana_r_das) May 19, 2020
Earlier in the day, India Meteorological Department (IMD) DG Mrutyunjay Mohapatra informed that the Super Cyclone Amphan is likely to weaken into an extremely severe cyclonic storm and move north northeastwards and cross West Bengal–Bangladesh coasts between Digha and Hatiya Islands close to Sundarban during afternoon/evening of May 20.
The cyclone was 520 km south of Paradip coast by 8.30 AM today and moved north-northwestwards with a speed of 14 kmph during the last six hours. Meanwhile, the regional MeT centre predicted heavy to very heavy rain in Mayurbhanj, Balasore, Bhadrak, Jajpur, Kendrapada and Jagatsinghpur districts and heavy rainfall in Cuttack, Khordha and Puri districts till 8:30 am tomorrow.