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Cyclone Amphan highlights: Super cyclone expected to make landfall on West Bengal coast tomorrow afternoon: IMD

Live updates: Cyclone Amphan has intensified into a super cyclonic storm and is expected to make landfall on May 20, IMD has said

Cyclone Amphan, pronounced as UM-PUN, a very intense cyclonic storm which can wreak large-scale damage, India Meteorological Department has said.

It is likely to de-intensify to an extremely severe cyclonic storm when it makes landfall. The wind speed during the landfall is likely to be 165-175 kilometres per hour gusting up to 195 kilometres per hour.

Amphan has intensified into a super cyclonic storm and is expected to make landfall on May 20 between the Digha islands in West Bengal and Hatia islands of Bangladesh, IMD Director General M Mohapatra has said. Catch LIVE updates here:
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  • May 19, 2020 10:45 PM IST

    Cyclone Amphan LIVE updates | Rahul Gandhi urges Cong workers in Bengal, Odisha to help people

    Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday urged Congress workers in West Bengal and Odisha to warn people of the impending super cyclonic storm 'Amphan' and help them move to safer places.

    "Cyclone Amphan is coming to the country amid the Corona crisis. I appeal to all Congress workers of West Bengal and Odisha to warn people of the impending danger and help take people to safer places. You should all be safe," he said in a tweet in Hindi.

  • May 19, 2020 10:03 PM IST

    Odisha govt advises migrants against returning home

    With cyclone Amphan set to hit Odisha shores, the state government has asked officials to discourage migrants from returning to their hometown in coastal districts, and insisted that food and accommodation arrangements be made for them.

    Additional Chief Secretary and Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) PK Jena, in an advisory issued on Tuesday, said district collectors should allow vehicles carrying migrant workers and others to enter the state, but exercise discretion on sending them home. On Tuesday, 15,773 people returned to Odisha from other states.

    "It is not advisable to allow the people returning from other states and entering Odisha by bus to proceed to the districts which are already under the threat of cyclone. "If their journey is cut short at the border check posts, it might lead to a large congregation in one area. Hence, controlled action has to be taken to manage the situation," Jena said. (PTI)

  • May 19, 2020 09:46 PM IST
  • May 19, 2020 09:33 PM IST

    Cyclone Amphan LIVE updates | Bangladesh orders overnight evacuation of vulnerable people as cyclone Amphan approaches

    Bangladesh on Tuesday ordered an overnight evacuation of vulnerable people to safety as Amphan, region's first super cyclone in over two decades, was fast approaching the country's coastline with the met office contemplating to issue the highest danger signal.

    The disaster management ministry on Monday had set a target of evacuating over 2 million people to safety, readying 12,078 cyclone shelter centres but the authorities said it could be difficult to move out people on Wednesday as the killer storm was nearing the coast.

  • May 19, 2020 09:32 PM IST

    Cyclone Amphan LIVE updates | Indian Oil refinery, Haldia Petrochem plant put on high alert

    Haldia Petrochemicals' plant and Indian Oil's refinery in East Midnapore district have been put on high alert in the wake of cyclone Amphan, which is expected to hit West Bengal coast on Wednesday.

    Several measures have been taken by the Haldia Petrochemicals Ltd (HPL) management in view of the cyclone, said its plant head Ashok Ghosh.
    "We have decided not to take any power from the grid but will remain connected to it," he told PTI. HPL will run additional compressors and cooling water units to support the process plants, Ghosh said, adding that all the drains within the premises of the factory have been cleaned.

  • May 19, 2020 09:28 PM IST

    Cyclone Amphan LIVE updates | We are requesting people to follow instructions of state government and administration. We are also requesting them to follow the procedure as per preparations made by the government. Four teams are ready in East Midnapore. We are working in coordination with the state governent: Abhishek Kr Gaurav, Assistant Commandant, 2nd Battalion NDRF, Kolkata. (ANI)

  • May 19, 2020 09:26 PM IST
  • May 19, 2020 09:04 PM IST

    Cyclone Amphan LIVE updates | Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma chaired a meeting on Tuesday to review the state's preparedness in view of Cyclone Amphan: PTI

  • May 19, 2020 08:46 PM IST