Already stretched to the limits in fighting the COVID-19 menace, the Odisha government is now bracing for another crisis -- cyclonic storm ‘Amphan’ in the Bay of Bengal.
On Sunday, the Odisha government urged the Central government to suspend Shramik special trains from May 18 for three days due to cyclone Amphan. PK Jena, Special Relief Commissioner, Odisha, on cyclonic Storm Amphan, said that Balasore, Bhadrak, Jajpur and Ganjam districts of the state may be affected due to the cyclonic storm.
According to IMD, cyclone Amphan is very likely to move north to north-westwards till May 17 and then re-curve north to north-eastwards across the northwest Bay of Bengal towards West Bengal and adjoining north Odisha coasts during May 18-20.
According to reports, it is expected that light to moderate rainfall will be received at many places in coastal Odisha with heavy falls at isolated places from May 18 evening. Heavy rainfall is expected at a few places on May 19 and isolated heavy rainfall over northeast Odisha on May 20.
The coastal districts of Gangetic West Bengal are likely to experience light to moderate rainfall at many places with heavy rainfall at a few places on May 19. Heavy to very heavy rainfall at a few places with extremely heavy rainfall at isolated places over Gangetic West Bengal is expected on May 20.
Fishermen have been advised not to venture into Odisha-West Bengal and adjoining Bangladesh coasts during May 18-20 and those out at sea have been advised to return to the coast.
Last Updated 17, May 2020, 2:36 PM