Cyclonic Storm ‘Yaas’ over Bay of Bengal getting intensified: IMD

New Delhi : The India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Monday said that the Cyclonic Storm ‘Yaas’ brewing over Eastcentral Bay of Bengal has moved northwestwards with a speed of two kmph during past six hours and it is under process of getting intensified further.

The officials in the IMD said that the cyclonic Yaas is laid centred at eastcentral Bay of Bengal near latitude 16.4°N and longitude 89.6°E, about 620 km north-northwest of Port Blair (Andaman Islands), 530 km south-southeast of Paradip (Odisha), 630 km south-southeast of Balasore (Odisha) and 620 km south-southeast of Digha (West Bengal) at 0830 hrs today.

This weather system is likely to turn in to severe cyclonic storm in next 12 hours and subsequently be intensify into ‘Very Severe Cyclonic Storm’ by May 26 morning.

“It would continue to move north-northwestwards, intensify further and reach Northwest Bay of Bengal near north Odisha and West Bengal coasts by May 26 early morning and very likely to cross north Odisha-West Bengal coasts between Paradip and Sagar islands around noon of the same day as a Very Severe Cyclonic Storm”, the IMD said.

Central and concerned state Governments have taken adequate arrangements to mitigate the damage from the impending cyclone. Navy and Indian Air Force have been put on standby with their rescue teams while Union Home Minister Amit Shah has also spoke to the Chief Ministers of five coastal states and UT of Puducherry

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday also reviewed the situation arising out of the impending cyclone and preparedness of the concerned agencies.

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