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Cyclone YaasBeach vendors’ kiosks surrounded by water during high tide at the Digha beach on the Bay of Bengal coast as Cyclone Yaas intensifies in West Bengal state, India, Wednesday, May 26, 2021. (AP Photo)

Cyclone Yaas Live Tracking, Weather forecast Today Live Updates: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will hold a review meeting over impact of Cyclone Yaas with Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his visit to the state on Friday, she said.

PM Modi will visit both Odisha and West Bengal on Friday to review the effects of cyclone in the two coastal states. The PM will first make a visit to Bhubaneswar where he will hold a review meeting. He will then proceed for an aerial survey in the affected areas of Balsore, Bhadrak and Purba Medinipur. Following this, PM Modi will take part in a review meeting in West Bengal.

As tropical Cyclone ‘Yaas’ continues to ravage India’s eastern coast, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen conducted an aerial survey to assess the extent of damage in the state today. However, the cyclonic storm weakened into a deep depression over southern Jharkhand and adjoining Odisha late on Thursday, according to the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD). It is likely to move northwestward and gradually weaken into a depression later today, the IMD said.

Meanwhile, a spokesperson for UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said the world body was ready to assist the country in its relief efforts if it needed help. “From South Asia, which is being impacted currently by Tropical Cyclone Yaas, our humanitarian colleagues tell us that we have activated cyclone preparedness measures and prepositioned stocks of food and other items,” spokesperson Stephane Dujarric said. “The cyclone reached the Indian state of Odisha yesterday, with millions of people being evacuated by the Government ahead of the storm. UN agencies and our partners in India stand ready to support the response efforts if State authorities request it.”

At least four people were killed as several coastal towns of north Odisha and neighbouring West Bengal were pounded by the severe cyclonic storm after it made landfall in Odisha on Wednesday morning. While three died in Odisha, West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee said that one person, who was initially rescued, died “accidentally” later in the state.Banerjee also said that at least one crore people in the state were affected by rough weather conditions and high tide arising out of the storm. Three lakh houses have suffered damage, she told.

Jharkhand remains on high alert and has evacuated about 15,000 people to safer zones while operations are still on to minimise damage from the cyclone that pounded neighbouring Odisha and West Bengal, officials said. At least eight lakh people have been affected by the cyclonic storm.

As many as 117 cyclones hit India in 50 years from 1970-2019 claiming over 40,000 lives, according to a study on extreme weather events, which also states the mortality rate due to tropical cyclones has come down significantly over the past 10 years. A total of 7,063 extreme weather events killed 1,41,308 people during the period in the country, which included 40,358 (or 28 per cent) due to cyclones and 65,130 (a little over 46 per cent) due to floods, the study says. The research paper published earlier this year has been authored by M Rajeevan, Secretary of Ministry of Earth Sciences, along with scientists Kamaljit Ray, S S Ray, R K Giri and A P Dimri. Kamaljit Ray is the lead author of the paper. Earlier this month, the western coast witnessed the fury of Cyclone Tauktae which hit the Gujarat coast as an extremely severe cyclonic storm, leaving a trail of destruction in several states killing nearly 50 people.  –PTI

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit Odisha and West Bengal on Friday to review the impact of Cyclone Yaas in the two states. The PM will first make a visit to Bhubaneswar where he will hold a review meeting. He will then proceed for an aerial survey in the affected areas of Balsore, Bhadrak and Purba Medinipur. Following this, PM Modi will take part in a review meeting in West Bengal.

Several airports along the eastern coast resumed normal flight operations today in the morning, according to the Airports Authority of India (AAI). Odisha’s Rourkela airport will, however, remain shut. As Cyclone ‘Yaas’ passes through Jharkhand towards Bihar, Patna and Darbhanga airports have been put on high alert. 

Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik conducted an aereal survey of cyclone-affected areas across the state. 

The office of Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik commended the efforts made my local police, NDRF and ODRAF personnel to rescue vulnerable people, remove fallen trees and restore road communication following the devastation caused by Cyclone ‘Yaas’. 

As Tropical Cyclone Yaas ravaged parts of India’s eastern coast, a spokesperson for UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres has said the world body and its agencies stand ready to support the response efforts if state authorities request it, while expressing concern that lack of social distancing in emergency shelters and temporary suspension of vaccination campaigns amid the COVID-19 pandemic could further complicate the health crisis.

“From South Asia, which is being impacted currently by Tropical Cyclone Yaas, our humanitarian colleagues tell us that we have activated cyclone preparedness measures and prepositioned stocks of food and other items,” Stephane Dujarric, Spokesman for the Secretary-General, said at the daily press briefing on Wednesday.

“The cyclone reached the Indian state of Odisha yesterday, with millions of people being evacuated by the Government ahead of the storm. UN agencies and our partners in India stand ready to support the response efforts if State authorities request it,” he said. (PTI)

As Cyclone Yaas weakened into a deep drepression over southern Jharkhand, Ranchi received a bout of heavy showers on Thursday morning. #WATCH | Jharkhand: Ranchi receives heavy rainfall due to #CycloneYaasIMD has predicted generally cloudy sky with heavy rain today pic.twitter.com/JA17dsOJN9— ANI (@ANI) May 27, 2021

In its latest update on the progress of Cyclone Yaas, the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) said that the deep depression lay centred over southern Jharkhand at 5:30 AM on Thursday, and was likely to weaken further in the next six hours as it moved northward.

Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Wednesday announced seven-days relief for all residents of the 128 marooned villages in the cyclone affected districts.

Seven Indian Navy teams from Visakhapatnam were deployed to carry out relief work in the cyclone-affected areas of Digha, Fraserganj and Diamond Harbour in West Bengal, ANI reported. 

A day after Cyclone ‘Yaas’ made landfall and wreaked havoc on either side of the Odisha-Bengal border, West Bengal’s Regional Meteorological Centre has predicted thunderstorm with lightning, gusty winds and light to moderate rainfall in some parts of Howrah, Hooghly North and South 24 Parganas, Birbhum, and Murshidabad districts on Thursday morning. 

As severe cyclonic storm ‘Yaas’ enters Jharkhand, the state remains on high alert and has evacuated about 12,000 people to safer zones while operations are still on to minimise damage from the cyclone that pounded neighbouring Odisha and West Bengal, officials said Wednesday.

The state has imposed a complete lockdown in some parts to prevent people from venturing out in view of the storm while as many as eight lakh people have already been impacted by it.

Cyclone Yaas, packing winds of up to 130-145 kmph, whiplashed the country’s eastern coasts on Wednesday, dumping heavy rain, damaging houses and farmlands, and leaving at least four persons dead – three in Odisha and one in Bengal. Operations are being executed on a war-footing in the vulnerable areas in East and West Singhbhum, besides some other districts due to cyclonic storm Yaas, Disaster Management Secretary Amitabh Kaushal said. (PTI)

The cyclonic storm ‘Yaas’ weakened into a deep depression over southern Jharkhand and adjoining Odisha late on Thursday, according to the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD). It is likely to move northwestward and gradually weaken into a depression later today, the IMD said.

The Cyclone Yaas that barrelled through coastal Odisha, triggering damage of varying degrees, spared Bhitarkanika National Park and adjoining hamlets in Kendrapara district, with its luxuriant mangrove cover acting as a protective barrier against nature’s fury.

An official said that the mangrove forest has withstood the wind velocity of the cyclone yet again. The region has witnessed seven major cyclones in the past two decades including Yaas. Each time, the cyclonic storm has not impacted the national park and the nearby human habitations, said Divisional Forest Officer, Rajnagar Mangrove (wildlife) Forest Division, Bikash Ranjan Dash. PTI

The Biju Patnaik International Airport in Bhubaneswar and the East Coast Railway, headquartered at the Odisha capital, resumed
operations from Wednesday evening, hours after Cyclone Yaas hit the state, officials said.

The airport suspended flight services for about 20 hours while the ECoR had cancelled 124 trains in the wake of
the cyclone.

The airport issued a notice to airmen (NOTAM) on Tuesday to alert airlines that its flight operations will be
suspended from 11 pm to 5 am on Thursday.

However, in a Twitter post this evening, it said, “NOTAM regarding Bhubaneswar Airport closing has been cancelled/withdrawn. Bhubaneswar Airport is now operational from 1900 hrs on 26/05/2021 for flight operations.”

The ECoR also decided to run some of the special trains which were cancelled in view of the cyclone.PTI

At least four people were killed (3 in Odisha, 1 in Bengal) as cyclonic storm Yaas whiplashed the country’s eastern coasts on Wednesday.

Citing local sources, news agency PTI reported that two persons were killed – one each in Odisha’s Keonjhar and Balasore — after trees fell on them, but there was no official confirmation yet. Another elderly woman in Mayurbhanj reportedly died after her house collapsed. While in Bengal, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said that one person, who was initially rescued, died “accidentally” later.

As Cyclone Yaas moves inland, several districts of Odisha recieved ‘very to extremely heavy’ rainfall, the IMD said.

Chandbali in Bhadrak district recorded rainfall of 288.3 mm over the past 24 hours, followed by Rajkanika in Kendrapara (251 mm), the Bhubaneswar Meteorological Centre said.

Nawana in Mayurbhanj district received 210.4 mm rainfall, Binjharpur in Jajpur (206 mm), Paradip in Jagatsinghpur (200.3 mm) and Astaranga in Puri (180 mm), it said. The districts of Dhenkanal, Angul, Deogarh and Sundargarh received moderate rain, while the average precipitation in the Keonjhar district was 44.7 mm, the department said.

With Cyclone Yaas making landfall, several areas in Odisha and West Bengal were severely flooded.  

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Civil and military authorities have made widespread arrangements to tackle the impact of Cyclone Yaas, which made landfall in Odisha Wednesday morning and brought heavy rainfall to West Bengal. We took a look at the series of measures that the Army and Indian Air Force (IAF) have taken to ensure there is a rapid build-up of relief material and rescue equipment in the affected areas. Read more here

Cyclone Yaas pounded coastal areas in north Odisha and neighbouring West Bengal as it made landfall around 9 am on Wednesday with a wind speed of 130-140 kmph. Here are some photos that show the trail of destruction left by Cyclone Yaas.

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Cyclone Yaas LIVE Updates: 'Very Severe Cyclonic Storm' to cross north Odisha-West Bengal coast in next 3 hours

Cyclone Yaas LIVE Updates: 'Very Severe Cyclonic Storm' to cross north Odisha-West Bengal coast in next 3 hours A shop damaged due to strong winds during landfall of cyclone Yaas at Digha in East Midnapore district, Wednesay, May 26, 2021. (PTI Photo)

As Cyclone Yaas made landfall in north Odisha around 10.30 am on Wednesday, strong winds and heavy tides lashed several coastal towns and villages on either sides of the Odisha-West Bengal border, inundating low-lying areas and uprooting trees, and claiming at least three lives — two in Odisha and one in West Bengal.

The landfall, which happened between north of Dhamra coast in Odisha’s Bhadrak district and Bahanga coast in the state’s Balasore district, continued until 1 pm, with estimated wind speeds of 130-155 kmph, the Indian Meteorological Department said. By Wednesday afternoon, the ‘Very Severe Cyclonic Storm’ had weakened into a ‘Severe Cyclonic Storm’, before moving towards Mayurbhanj district in Odisha.

On the other side of the border, in Digha, a coastal town in Bengal’s Purba Medinipur district, hours before the landfall, tall tidal waves breached embankments and flooded villages around a kilometre from the sea. Shops, huts and resorts and hotels along the beach were damaged as the waves pounded them.

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