Sun. Jun 13th, 2021

The very severe cyclonic storm Yaas has weakened into a severe cyclonic storm as of 1.40 p.m. on Wednesday, the India Meteorological Department said on Twitter.

Yaas has pounded the beach towns in north Odisha and West Bengal as it hit the coast around 9 a.m. with a wind speed of 130-140 kmph, inundating the low-lying areas amid a storm surge, officials said.

It is likely to move to Jharkhand with a lesser intensity by midnight, they said.

Here are the latest updates:

2.50 pm

One crore affected in West Bengal, says CM

At least one crore people have been affected by Cyclone Yaas in West Bengal, said Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.

Over 15 lakh people have been evacuated and three lakh houses have been damaged, she added. Ms. Banerjee said that one death has been reported due to accidental drowning.

The Chief Minister said that extensive damage to agriculture due to huge ingress of saline water in agriculture fields. There were reports of breach of embankments at 134 places in the State.

Speaking to officials, Ms. Banerjee said that they should come up a permanent solution for repairing of embankments as every year cyclones are causing severe damage to the embankments. She also urged people to remain indoors and be cautious during the high tide for next two days.

 

2.40 pm

Yaas weakens to severe cyclonic storm

The very severe cyclonic storm Yaas has weakened into a severe cyclonic storm as of 1.40 p.m. on Wednesday, the India Meteorological Department said on Twitter.

It added that the cyclone lies centered over north coastal Odisha about 15 km west-southwest of Balasore. It is currently has an intensity of 110-120 kmph gusting to 130 kmph near centre.

Jharkhand and Odisha are expected to get extremely heavy rainfall during the next 12 hours, at least.

2.20 pm

Restoration begins

Restoration work in Balasore and Bhadrak began soon after the cyclone moved away from Balasore district.

“National Disaster Response Force and State fire service personnel started road clearance by removing uprooted trees in Jajpur, Jagatsingpur and Kendrapara where not much damage was observed. By 4 p.m., the road communication will be restored. Power restoration works have begun on a war-footing in the three districts,” informed Mr. Jena.

Sea water enters through boundaries of a house during cyclone Yaas landfall in Chandipur area of Balasore on May 26, 2021.

Sea water enters through boundaries of a house during cyclone Yaas landfall in Chandipur area of Balasore on May 26, 2021.  
| Photo Credit: PTI

 

The cyclone caused major damage to the tree cover in Balasore and Mayurbhanj districts. Thousands of trees were reported to have fallen in Nilagiri area of Balasore district.

“Similipal Biosphere in Mayurbhanj district has been receiving heavy rain since Tuesday and it is still continuing. Water flowing down from Similipal usually feeds Burhabalanga river. The district administration is assessing if it could result in flash flood. Keeping this in mind, villagers from low-lying areas on both sides of Burhabalanga are being shifted to safer places,” he said.

2 pm

10 moved to safety by rescue team in Odisha after boat capsizes in river

The NDRF, together with the district administration of Jagatsinghpur in Odisha, has rescued 10 people from a river after their boat capsized, amid rough weather conditions under the influence of cyclone ‘Yaas’.

In a video tweeted by the Jagatsinghpur district collector, rescue personnel on Tuesday night can be seen holding on to an inflatable boat as people disembarked.

 

“Fantastic work by NDRF and BDO, Erasama during #CycloneYaas rescuing 10 people in the late night from a river after their boat capsized,” the Jagatsinghpur district collector Sangram K Mohapatra tweeted on Wednesday.

He further said that the arduous operation was carried out in the midst of light drizzle and 45-kmph wind speed. – PTI

1.20 pm

High alert in Jharkhand, evacuation on amid cyclone threat

Jharkhand, which was put on high alert, continued evacuating low-lying areas on Wednesday amid the forecast that cyclone Yaas would be hitting the state by midnight after pounding neighbouring Odisha and West Bengal, officials said.

Operations are being executed on war-footing in the vulnerable areas in East and West Singhbhum, besides some other districts, in view of the very severe cyclonic storm Yaas, Disaster Management Secretary Amitabh Kaushal told PTI.

“We are witnessing high-speed wind and have evacuated about 6,000 persons from thatched houses and danger zones to shelter homes in safer locations,” East Singhbhum Deputy Commissioner Suraj Kumar said.

People are being shifted from low-lying areas near the two rivers in the district that are below the danger mark at present, he said. – PTI

12.30 pm

Six flights cancelled at Mumbai Airport

Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport (CSMIA) has said that as many as six flights, including three departures, have been cancelled in view of cyclone Yaas in the Bay of Bengal.

The flights to other regions, however, continue to operate as per schedule, CSMIA said a statement.

In light of the developments around Cyclone Yaas in the Bay of Bengal, the airport witnessed cancellation of flights between Mumbai to Kolkata and Bhubaneswar, CSMIA said.

Approximately six flights, three arrivals and departures each, have been cancelled so far, it said. – PTI

11.25 am

The Yaas system has crossed coast to the south of Balasore as of 10.30 a.m., according to IMD. The process is expected to take two hours to complete.

 

11.15 am

Andhra’s north coastal districts gears up to mitigate Yaas cyclonic storm

Administration of North Coastal Districts of Andhra Pradesh isgearing up to mitigate the impact of very severe cyclonic storm Yaas, which is currently 160 km away from Paradeep of Odisha State. 

The distance between Paradeep and Itchapuram, a town on the AP border, is 297 km. Although the impact would be greater on West Bengal and Odisha, the storm is expected to bring heavy downpour for Vizianagaram and Srikakulam districts, which are adjacent to Odisha. 

As many as eight mandals that have previously been devastated by cyclones such as Laila, Phailin, Hud-Hud and Titli are expected to be affected by the Yaas cyclonic storm. Although the situation is currently calm in Tekkali division which covers Uddanam region, the district administration is anticipating havoc when the cyclone crosses the coast. AP Chief Secretary Adityanath Das and Srikakulam Collector J.Nivas have been monitoring the situation from Srikakulam Collector’s office.

NDRF teams have already reached Srikakulam district to monitor the situation. Srikakulam District Fire Officer Ch.Kripavaram told The Hindu that senior officials were sent to the Itchapuram, Sompeta, Mandasa, Vajrapukotturu mandals to handle the possible crisis. A control room has been set up at the Srikakulam Collector’s office (08942-24055) to monitor the cyclone situation. Vizianagaram district administration is anticipating heavy downpour in the Pusapatirega and Bhogapuram coastal mandals from Wednesday night. Vizianagaram Collector M.Hari Jawaharlal said that arrangements have been made to restore electricity in case of its failure with the impact of Yaas cyclone. He said that there would not be any cause for worry over oxygen supply for COVID-19 patients.

11.00 am

Embankments damaged: Mamata

Members of Andhra Pradesh Disaster Response Teams in Uddanam region, Srikakulam district of Andhra Pradesh, geared up to tackle the cyclone situation on Wednesday, May 26, 2021.

Members of Andhra Pradesh Disaster Response Teams in Uddanam region, Srikakulam district of Andhra Pradesh, geared up to tackle the cyclone situation on Wednesday, May 26, 2021.
 
| Photo Credit: Special Arrangement

 

Damage reported in embankment at several places in Purba Medinipur and South 24 Parganas. Embankment damaged at 51 places in Purba Medinipur and 15 places in South 24 Parganas, according to West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.

About 11 lakh people evacuated from coastal areas of West Bengal, including 3.88 lakh in Purba Medinipur. Damage to houses and  uprooting of trees reported. In West Bengal the breaching of embankments due to high tide is a concern, Ms. Banerjee said.  – Shiv Sahay Singh

10.15 am

Telecom infra providers ready with post-cyclone measures

Telecom infrastructure providers, along with service providers, have taken necessary steps such as readiness of Cell on Wheels (CoWs), arrangement of spare batteries, adequate amount of diesel and DG (Diesel Generator) sets and ramping up of teams to mitigate the impact of cyclone ‘Yaas’, the Tower & Infrastructure Providers Association (TAIPA) has said.

 

10 am

Intense convective cloud mass has already entered Odisha coast. Areas of most intense convection are seen in the southwest sector, says IMD. – Satyasundar Barik

Strong winds are seen as Cyclone Yaas readies for landfall in Balasore, north Odisha.

Strong winds are seen as Cyclone Yaas readies for landfall in Balasore, north Odisha.
 
| Photo Credit: BISWARANJAN ROUT

 

9.30 am

Calcutta HC not to hear cases today

Calcutta High Court not to hear any matter today. The five-judge Bench was scheduled to hear the controversial Narada case during the day.

“Keeping in view the report of the Meteorological Department on the cyclone ‘Yaas’, which is likely to cause widespread damage and heavy rainfall, as a precautionary measure, all electronic gadgets and devices for E-Connectivity of the Court shall remain shut. The Government has intimated the Registrar General that it might not be possible for it to provide transport facilities to the employees of this Court on 26th May, 2021 and 27th May, 2021. Consequently, the judicial proceedings fixed tomorrow are suspended,” the court said in a notice issued on May 25.

9.05 am

Landfall commences, says IMD

The IMD said that the landfall process of very severe cyclonic storm Yaas has commenced at 9 a.m. The storm is centered about 50 km south-southeast of Balasore in Odisha, it said in a statement on Twitter.

The landfall process has begun and will take 3-4 hours to complete the process. The maximum impact will be in Balasore and Bhadrak district, Odisha’s Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) P.K. Jena told reporters.

Several low-lying areas close to coast in Balasore and Bhadrak districts were inundated due to heavy rain and tidal surge, he said, adding that areas falling on the right side of landfall would witness high tidal surge.

 

9 am

With very severe cyclonic storm Yaas nearing the coast, tidal surge has started inundating several low-lying areas of Bhadrak and Balasore in Odisha.

According to Uma Shankar Das, a scientist with Bhubaneswar Meteorological Centre, there is probability of tidal surge rising between 1.5 metre and 3.5 metre in Bhadrak district. The tidal water could inundate up to 9 km landmass of the district.

8.35 am

Blocked roads being cleared

NDRF chief S.N. Pradhan said that the landfall process of Yaas would commence within a couple of hours to cross north Odisha coast to the north Dhamra and south of Balasore.

He attributed the update to IMD.

Mr. Pradhan shared videos of the trees and electric wires swaying to intense winds, and tweeted photographs of the NDRF teams clearing blocked roads in Medinipur, West Bengal, and Balasore, Odisha.

Indian Army Eastern Command deploys a total of seventeen integrated Cyclone Rescue and Relief Columns, comprising specialised personnel with associated equipment and inflatable boats.

Indian Army Eastern Command deploys a total of seventeen integrated Cyclone Rescue and Relief Columns, comprising specialised personnel with associated equipment and inflatable boats.
 
| Photo Credit: Twitter/@adgpi

 

8 am

Sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik took to Twitter to share his latest work on the cyclone. “Don’t Panic, Stay Safe,” he wrote.

 

Odisha | 7 am

Yaas lay centres over northwest Bay of Bengal about 40 km east of Dhamra

The very severe cyclonic storm, Yaas lay centred over northwest Bay of Bengal about 40 km east of Dhamra, 80 km south-southwest of Digha and 80 km south-southeast of Balasore, says IMD. The cyclone would cross the coast between Dhamra and Balasore with 130-140 kmph gusting to 155 kmph.

Strong wind and heavy rain lashed Bhadrak and Balasore district. Mayurbhanj district has been put on high alert.

Odisha

Heavy rainfall in interior areas of Odisha

The very severe cyclonic storm, Yaas lay-centred over northwest Bay of Bengal about 60 km east of Dhamra of Bhadrak district and 90 km east-northeast of Paradip, and 105 km south-southeast of Balasore (Odisha) and 100 km south of Digha (West Bengal) with wind speeds of 130-140 kmph gusting to 155 kmph was prevailing around the system. The cyclone is moving at 15 km per hour.

Cyclonic storm ‘Yaas’ landfall begins on north Odisha coast in Balasore on Wednesday, May 26, 2021 morning.

Cyclonic storm ‘Yaas’ landfall begins on north Odisha coast in Balasore on Wednesday, May 26, 2021 morning.
 
| Photo Credit:
BISWARANJAN ROUT

 

Under the impact of cyclone, coastal and interior Odisha have received heavy rainfall and trees have been uprooted. During past 20 hours, Chandbali recorded highest 229 mm rainfall followed by Paradip with 180 mm. Bhubaneswar received 30 mm rainfall.

According to Odisha Special Relief Commissioner Pradeep Kumar Jena the landfall could take place around 10-11 am and disaster response forces have been asked to start rescue operations only after cyclone fully crosses the coast.

West Bengal

Forces on high alert

With severe cyclone Yaas set to make landfall on the Eastern coast on May 26, the Army and Navy deployed relief and diving teams in West Bengal in coordination with the local administration. In addition, the Navy and Coast Guard have also kept ships and aircraft on standby.

As part of the preparations in West Bengal, the Navy said two Navy diving teams and five Flood Relief Teams (FRT), comprising specialised Navy personnel with associated equipment and inflatable boats, have been deployed to the State.

“In addition, one diving and two FRT each have been positioned at Digha and Frazerganj on May 23 and 24 respectively. One FRT has been kept on standby at Diamond Harbour, for redeployment as necessary, at short notice,” it said in a statement.

(With inputs from our Correspondents Satyasundar Barik, Shiv Sahay Singh and agencies

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