High alert sounded in 2 Odisha blocks for super cyclone Amphan

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.

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.

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