Bhubaneswar: After the threat of cyclonic storms, now the threat of another cyclonic storm Yas has started looming over many states of the country. It is expected that three districts of Odisha may be affected the most by this storm. Therefore, 18 teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) have been deployed in Odisha.
The areas of NDRF deployed in Odisha include Balasore (seven), Bhadrak (4), Kendrapara (3), Jajpur (2), Jagatsinghpur and Mayurbhanj (one each). Apart from this, four teams have been kept in reserve.
According to the Odisha government, 66 teams of the Odisha Disaster Rapid Action Force (ODRAF) and 177 fire brigade services teams are being deployed in areas that are likely to be affected by the cyclone.
The Indian Air Force on Sunday airlifted 21 tonnes of humanitarian aid and disaster relief equipment along with 334 NDRF personnel. To mitigate the impact of the cyclone, the IAF has airlifted 606 personnel and 57 tonnages of NDRF since May 21.
The storm may reach Odisha on 26 May
Umashankar Das, deputy director of the India Meteorological Department (IMD) in Bhubaneswar, said Sunday that a cyclonic storm could hit Odisha on May 26 and would be most likely to hit Mayurbhanj, Bhadrak and Balasore districts.
Umashankar Das further explained, “We are hoping that the well-marked low-pressure area over East-Central Bay of Bengal will be concentrated in a depression during the next 12 hours and by tomorrow (May 24), it will become a cyclonic storm.” Is going and will continue. Proceed in a northwest direction and on May 26 it will hit Odisha, West Bengal and Bangladesh coast.”
“The three districts of northern Odisha, particularly Mayurbhanj, Bhadrak and Balasore, are most likely to be affected,” he said. Das further said that Bhadrak, Balasore, Jajpur, Kendrapara, Jagatsinghpur, Cuttack, Khordha and Puri are expected to receive heavy to heavy rainfall on 25 May. On 26 May, we are expecting extremely heavy rainfall in Mayurbhanj and Balasore.”
Let me tell you that IMD had earlier predicted that cyclonic storm Yas will hit Odisha and West Bengal coasts on 26 May and heavy rains will occur in both states from 22 to 26 May.