Heavy rain lashed northern Odisha on May 27 as cyclone Yaas dissipated into a deep depression over south Jharkhand and adjoining north interior Odisha.
According to India Meteorological Department (IMD), the atmospheric system moved northwestwards with a speed of about seven kmph during the past six hours and lay centred over south Jharkhand and neighbourhood, about 70 km west-southwest of Jamshedpur and 70 km south south-east of Ranchi.
The system is very likely to move nearly northwards and weaken gradually into a depression during the next six hours, the IMD said.
A horse crosses a water-logged road after rains ahead of Cyclone Yaas at Digha in Purba Medinipur district in West Bengal, on May 26, 2021. Cautioning people that high tide in seas, caused by the storm surge, would persist, West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee claimed that Bengal happens to be the “most-affected state”.
A priest carries an idol of Lord Jagannath from a seafront temple to a safer place in Balasore district in Odisha, May 26, 2021. Several places, including Odisha’s Balasore, Bhadrak, Jagatsinghpur and Kendrapara districts, and neighbouring West Bengal’s Kanthi, Diamond harbour, Basirhat, Tamluk, Uluberia are expected to experience ingress of the storm surge.
A cow runs through high tide water at the Digha beach on the Bay of Bengal coast as Cyclone Yaas intensifies in West Bengal, May 26, 2021. Water levels of several rivers including Bidyadhari, Hooghly and Rupnarayan have risen owing to ‘Yaas’ and accompanying storm surge.
High tide water enters into the village area in Bahanaga panchayat in Balasore district after the storm on May 25, 2021. Cyclone ‘Yaas’ made its landfall on Wednesday morning near Dhamra port in Odisha at 130-140 kmph, gusting to 155 kmph, according to Doppler radar data.
Rough sea during landfall of cyclone near the Bay of Bengal in East Midnapore district, May 26, 2021. Army, National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), State Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and state police and civil defence volunteers were working round-the-clock to move people to safety.
People wade through waterlogged street at Gheri village in Chandipur of Balasore district, on May 26, 2021. The West Bengal chief minister further said that as many as 15,04,506 people have been evacuated from the vulnerable areas in the state and moved to safer places.
Indian Army’s Eastern Command spearheads response for rescue and relief operations in West Bengal in preparations for Cyclone Yaas, which is likely to make landfall on May 26. Credit: PIB
NDRF personnel remove a falling electric pole at Bahanaga panchayat in Balasore district. 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’.
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik is scheduled to make an aerial survey to assess the damage caused by Yaas.
Spells of heavy rain were recorded at isolated places in Mayurbhanj, Keonjhar and Sundargarh districts.
Incessant rain in Keonjhar district sent the Baitarani River into spate in summer season. Due to heavy rain in Similipal biosphere area, there was an increase in water level in rivers originating from Similipal. The State Water Resources Department, however, ruled out any threat of flood.
Vehicular movement on National Highway 49 on Keonjhar-Mayurbhanj district border was affected as water was flowing on the highway.
There has been an improvement in the water-logging situation in Bhadrak and Balasore district coastal villages, which were inundated following a tidal surge on Wednesday.