West Bengal and Bangladesh on Cyclone alert
Nov 15: It’s nearly a decade since the super cyclone hit the Orissa coast, but the fear of amount of disaster is still hanging as yet another severe cyclonic storm may hit Orissa or West Bengal coasts soon destructing nature. Though Met Deptt. has indicated the northward movement of the storm, it will have its impact in many coastal regions of both the states and Bangladesh either by heavy rain or flood as sea level rises.
Both Orissa and West Bengal government has tighten their hands with all necessary arrangements in terms of disaster management actions. Army, Air Force and National Disaster Rapid Action Force have been called up to take the emergency stand. The central government has also asked Orissa to take a close watch at the movement of the storm.
According to the Met official report the cyclone that moves 920 km south of Kolkata has shown movement towards north, but if it doesn’t proceed in the northern direction then may cause severe dent with heavy rains and wind mostly in West Bengal coast as it has subsequently headed away from Orissa coastline.
Meanwhile, Bangladesh administration has started a massive evacuation from the coastline villages. It is expected that the cyclonic storm is likely to cross West Bengal-Bangladesh coast near the Sagar Islands by Friday.
According to West Bengal State Home Secretary P. R .Roy, the cyclone which lay centred north of Andaman Islands changed direction towards coastal areas of west Bengal and Bangladesh.
As of now the high-intensity cyclone may cause severe damages to the Bangladesh coast. In Orissa and West Bengal, disaster and rapid action force has already been moved to the coastal regions.
This is being expected to be the severe most storms after the 1999 Orissa cyclone that killed at least 10,000 people and caused extreme damages by displacing thousands of families in both Eastern India and Myanmar coast.
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