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May 19, 2020 07:15 AM IST | Source:

Cyclone Amphan Highlights | Govt: Amphan may cause extensive damage on Bengal coast; PM Modi assures support

According to the latest update from the IMD, the 'Extremely Severe Cyclonic Storm' Amphan has intensified into a 'Super Cyclonic Storm'

Cyclone Amphan -- pronounced as UM-PUN, a very severe cyclonic storm that has gathered strength over central parts of South Bay of Bengal and expected to gradually move north-northeastwards could intensify into a 'super cyclone', the IMD has warned.

The Home Ministry said, cyclonic storm 'Amphan' is likely to intensify into a super cyclone by Monday evening and hit West Bengal and Bangladesh coasts as a very severe cyclone with wind speed up to 185 km per hour on Wednesday. 

This has raised the likelihood of heavy rainfall coupled with the high-velocity wind in several coastal districts of Odisha and parts of West Bengal, officials said.

The Odisha government has asked the administration of its 12 coastal districts to remain in a state of preparedness to deal with any eventuality in the wake of cyclone 'Amphan', a senior official said.

On Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik's direction, the district collectors of Ganjam, Gajapti, Puri, Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapara, Bhadrak, Balasore, Mayurbhanj, Jajpur, Cuttack, Khurda and Nayagarh have been asked to remain alert.

It is likely to cross West Bengal-Bangladesh coasts between Sagar Islands in West Bengal and Hatiya islands in Bangladesh between afternoon and evening of May 20 as a very severe cyclonic storm, Regional MeT Director in Kolkata GK Das said.
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