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Cyclone Sitrang Highlights: ‘High chance of rain on October 25, stay indoors,’ appeals Mamata Banerjee to citizens as Cyclone Sitrang intensifies

The coastal districts of Odisha and West Bengal will receive widespread heavy rainfall till October 25. Moderate to heavy intensity rainfall is likely over Assam, Meghalaya on Monday

By: Express Web Desk
Bhubaneswar, Kolkata, New Delhi | Updated: October 25, 2022 08:09 IST
Dark clouds loom over Kolkata sky. (Express Photo by Partha Paul)

Cyclone Sitrang Live Updates, October 24:  The India Meteorological Department (IMD) said Monday that cyclonic storm Sitrang was about 300 km from Sagar Island and that it would intensify further into severe cyclonic storm in next 6 hrs.

The southern districts of West Bengal, including Kolkata, woke up to light rain and an overcast sky on Monday as cyclone ‘Sitrang’ moved towards north Bay of Bengal, raising the likelihood of a downpour during the day and threatening to dampen Diwali festivities. The system is expected to make a landfall between Tinkona island and Sandwip in Bangladesh early on October 25, the Met department said. It lay centred around 430 km south of Sagar Island on Monday morning, the department said.

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday urged the people of the state to stay indoors in case there is heavy rainfall and storm as a result of Cyclone Sitrang which is likely to cross the Bangladesh coast later. She also requested the people who were evacuated from the coastal areas to safe shelters to cooperate with the state administration and not return home until the threat of the Cyclone is over.

Sitrang, which is likely to intensify further into a severe cyclonic storm, will bring in its wake heavy to very heavy rain and wind reaching speed of 90 to 100 kmph, gusting to 110 kmph, in the coastal districts of South 24 Parganas, North 24 Parganas and East Midnapore on Monday, the weather office said. The cyclone is expected to cross Bangladesh and adjoining West Bengal coast on Tuesday morning (October 25). According to the forecast, Sundarbans, on both sides of the international border, is likely to receive the maximum impact.

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Cyclone Sitrang Live News Updates: Low Pressure Area intensifies into Depression; Odisha, West Bengal on alert. Follow latest news and updates below.

22:09 (IST)24 Oct 2022
Bangladesh evacuates over 2.19 lakh people amid approaching cyclone: Official By Anisur Rahman

Bangladesh on Monday evacuated over 2.19 lakh people to safety as cyclone Sitrang approached the nation's southwestern coastlines and is expected to make a landfall around midnight, according to a senior official from the ministry of Disaster Management.

Mohammmad Moniruzzaman, the spokesperson of the Disaster Management Ministry, said that Bangladeshi authorities have kept ready 6,925 cyclone centers expecting the last person exposed to cyclone dangers to take refuge there.

“At least 219,990 people have been taken to cyclone centers in 15 coastal districts by 5 pm on Monday,” Moniruzzaman told PTI.

Moniruzzaman's comments came as southwestern coastal districts already started witnessing the impacts of the cyclone's tip while incessant rains gripped most parts of the country, including Dhaka.

The met office, meanwhile, said the epicenter of the cyclone advanced further and was located 170 kilometres south-southwest off Payra Seaport, 220 km south-southwest off Mongla seaport, 275 km southwest off Chattogram and 240 km off Cox's Bazar seaport.

“The cyclone has been approaching towards the coastline faster than its previous pace with wind speed at its core being 80 to 90 kilometres per hour . . . it may hit the coastline in Barishal region by Monday midnight,” Monwar Hossain, a meteorologist, said.

The meteorology department in its latest directive issued on Monday evening asked the seaports of Payra, Mongla and Chattogram to hoist ‘danger signal no 7 and advised the Cox's Bazar seaport to maintain the danger signal no 6 in a scale of 10.

The met office warned that southwestern Patuakhali, Bhola, Barguna and Jhalakathi were likely to be exposed worst brunt of the storm while the Red Crescent Society alongside the government agencies mobilised tens of thousands of volunteers.

Reports and TV footages showed the volunteers using megaphones to alert people and ask them to evacuate.

The met office, however, does not fear the cyclone to cause any very serious damage once it make the landfall while a meteorologist earlier said it might turn to a be “severe cyclone, not a super cyclone”.

But, they said, the cyclone coincided with new moon to inflate the waters and heighten the tidal surges. (PTI)

22:06 (IST)24 Oct 2022
Cyclone Sitrang likely to cross Bangladesh coast during midnight, says IMD

India Meteorogical Department tweeted, 'CS SITRANG lay centered at 1730 IST near lat 20.7N and long 90.1E about 230 km E-SE of Sagar Island. Likely to continue to move N-NE wards and cross Bangladesh coast b/w Tinkona Island and Sandwip close to Barisal during midnight of today and early hours of the 25th October 2022.'

20:18 (IST)24 Oct 2022
Cyclone 'Sitrang' brings rain, high wind dampening Diwali cheer in Bengal

As cyclone 'Sitrang' moved north-northeastwards and lay 260 km southeast of Sagar island on Monday, the Met department warned of heavy rain in coastal Bengal and northeastern states, dampening festive spirits on Diwali and Kali Puja.

Intermittent showers since morning forced people to remain indoors as most Kolkata streets wore a deserted look on a festive evening which would normally have attracted tens of thousands to visit marquees with idols of Goddess Kali and see the bring lights of the city.

Squally wind accompanied by light to moderate rain affected the coastal districts of the state, while Kolkata also witnessed an overcast sky with light precipitation.

Moving at a speed of 33 kmph in a north-northeastward direction, cyclone 'Sitrang' lay 260 kmph southeast of Sagar island at 2.30 pm over the northwest Bay of Bengal and is very likely to intensify further into a severe cyclonic storm, packing wind speed of 90 to 100 kmph, gusting to 110 kmph by Monday night.

It is likely to cross the Bangladesh coast between Tinkona island and Sandwip near Barisal early on Tuesday, the weather office said.

The system will cause heavy to very heavy rain in districts of South 24 Parganas, North 24 Parganas, Purba Medinipur and adjoining areas of Paschim Medinipur in south Bengal on Monday, the Met said.

It will also cause a downpour on Tuesday in North 24 Parganas, South 24 Parganas and Nadia districts.

The weather system is also likely to bring in "heavy to extremely heavy rain in south Assam, Tripura, Meghalaya and Mizoram and heavy to very heavy rain in north Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland and Manipur on Monday", the Met said.

Heavy to very heavy rain will occur on Tuesday in Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Meghalaya, Mizoram and Tripura, the meteorological department said.

Diwali and Kali Puja celebrations were partially affected in south Bengal owing to the inclement weather.

However, despite bad weather, devotees turned up in droves since early morning at popular Kali temples like Kalighat, Dakshineswar, Thanthania and Lake Kalibari in Kolkata.

Kali Puja is celebrated in the state, particularly in North 24 Parganas district where it is considered the biggest festival, by community puja organisers, in many temples as well as in numerous households.

The weather office said the main affected areas by the cyclone will be the Sundarbans in the coastal areas of North and South 24 Parganas districts of West Bengal and in Bangladesh.

Heavy rain accompanied by high wind, gusting up to 100 kmph, and high tidal waves are likely to cause damage to kutcha (mud) embankments and roads, disruption of power supplies and communication, it said.

The deputy director general of the regional meteorological centre here, Sanjib Bandopadhyay, has said that the breach of kutcha embankments, owing to the storm surge accompanied by a high astronomical tide on the new moon, may lead to seawater inundation of low-lying areas.

Tidal waves are likely to reach a height of six metres owing to the twin effect of the weather system and astronomical tide.

A Kolkata Municipal Corporation official said steps are being taken to tackle any situation that may emerge in the metropolis owing to 'Sitrang'.

The weather office warned that wind speed over sea areas will reach a speed of 90 to 100 kmph, gusting to 110 kmph, in the north Bay of Bengal, and advised fishermen not to venture into the sea and suspension of all offshore activities during October 24 and 25.

Ferry services in Sunderbans and water-bound tourist activities at seaside resort towns of Digha, Mandarmoni, Shankarpur, Bakkhali and Sagar have been stopped on October 24 and 25 as a precautionary measure. (PTI)

20:06 (IST)24 Oct 2022
Alert sounded in Tripura in wake of cyclone 'Sitrang': CM Agartala

Tripura Chief Minister Manik Saha on Monday said an alert has been sounded across the state, after the weather office forecast downpour, owing the impact of cyclone ‘Sitrang'.

The weather system is likely to bring heavy to extremely heavy rain in many northeastern states, including south Assam Tripura, Meghalaya and Mizoram, an IMD bulletin said. It is likely to cross the Bangladesh coast between Tinkona island and Sandwip near Barisal in the early hours of Tuesday, it said.“The concerned officials have been asked to take all possible precautionary measures to tackle the situation that might unfold due to the cyclone,” Saha told reporters.

Following the state's request, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has sent five teams of the NDRF. The first batch comprising 69 personnel have already arrived from Guwahati, he said. They will be deputed at five locations - Agartala, Kumarghat, Santir Bazar, Udaipur and Teliamura.The BSF, Assam Rifles and the Army have also been alerted, the CM said.

As part of precautionary measures, all schools will remain shut from Monday to Wednesday, and two special trains for Diwali have been cancelled, officials said. (PTI)

20:05 (IST)24 Oct 2022
Hundreds of thousands evacuated as Bangladesh braces for cyclone

Authorities in Bangladesh were evacuating hundreds of thousands of people on Monday before Cyclone Sitrang made landfall amid fears of heavy damage to houses and crops and the disruption of road and power links.

Approaching from the Bay of Bengal, Sitrang was expected to hit the southern coast near the Khepupara area of the Barishal-Chittaging early on Tuesday, with winds gusting up to 88 km (55 miles) per hour, the weather office said.

It forecast a storm surge of up to three meters (10 feet that could swamp mud dwellings along the coast, uproot communication towers and inundate roads.

All the people from the dangerous areas along the coastal belt were being evacuated to safer places, said Enamur Rahman, the junior minister for disaster management.

More than 7,000 cyclone shelters were set up to accommodate 3 million people, he said.

Aid workers have stockpiled emergency items such as food, tarpaulins and water purification tablets in refugee camps housing more than a million Rohingya in flimsy shelters in Cox's Bazar.

Officials also advised nearly 33,000 Rohingya refugees, moved from camps to flood-prone island in the Bay of Bengal, to stay indoors.
Authorities in India's West Bengal were also preparing to face the cyclone. A heavy rainfall alert has been issued coastal areas of West Bengal.

Sanjeev Bandopadhyay, deputy director of the India Meteorological Department, said the cyclone had intensified as it moved over the the Bay of Bengal. It was likely to skirt past West Bengal's Sunderbans region but several areas would receive heavy rainfalls.
Disaster relief teams were stationed in the coastal towns and tourist attractions such as Digha, Bakkhali and Sagar Island.

Bandopadhyay said water in all the rivers in the Sunderbans delta were rising and may reach up to 10 to 15 meters during Sitrang's landfall.

The two neighbouring countries have experienced increasing extreme weather in recent years which has caused large-scale damage. Environmentalists warn that climate change could lead to more disasters, especially in densely populated Bangladesh. (Reuters)

19:49 (IST)24 Oct 2022
'High chance of rain on October 25,' says West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday said, "IMD has issued an alert regarding Cyclone 'Sitrang'. There is a high chance of rain on October 25. There is an appeal to the people to avoid going out unnecessarily or to the sea areas including the Sundarbans. Arrangements have been made by the state govt." (Source: ANI)

18:24 (IST)24 Oct 2022
Watch: Storm clouds gather over Kolkata as Bangladesh braces for Cyclone Sitrang

17:03 (IST)24 Oct 2022
Bengal govt takes all measures to deal with adverse situations due to cyclone 'Sitrang'

The West Bengal government has taken all precautionary measures, including evacuation of people and supply of relief materials to shelters, to deal with possible devastation under the impact of cyclone 'Sitrang', a senior official said on Monday.

Several teams of the disaster management department along with SDRF and NDRF personnel have been posted in coastal areas of the state, he said.

"No tourists and fishermen are being allowed to go into the sea. Special teams of police along with State Disaster Response Force and National Disaster Response Force personnel have been deployed. We are not taking chances," a senior official told PTI.

Administrations of South 24 Parganas, North 24 Parganas, and Purba Medinipur have been kept on alert as 'Sitrag' is expected to bring in its wake heavy to very heavy rain and wind reaching speed of 90 to 100 kmph, gusting to 110 kmph, in these districts, he said, citing the Met department bulletin.

The weather system is expected to make a landfall between Tinkona island and Sandwip in Bangladesh early on October 25. (PTI)

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16:59 (IST)24 Oct 2022
Watch: Cyclonic clouds loom over Kolkata sky
16:22 (IST)24 Oct 2022
Ahead of the 'Sitrang' cyclone, Civil defence teams deployed at Bakkhali Sea Beach in South 24 Parganas

Ahead of the 'Sitrang' cyclone, Civil defence teams have been deployed at Bakkhali Sea Beach in South 24 Parganas. Tourists are not allowed to visit the beach and the shops have also been closed. We are fully prepared for the cyclone, Disaster management official Anmol Sasmor said. 

15:47 (IST)24 Oct 2022
Cyclone Sitrang: Heavy to very heavy rain warning issued in North and South 24 Parganas districts

Cyclone Sitrang was about 300 km away from Sagar Island till noon today and slowly it is progressing. Heavy to very heavy rain warning has been issued by the IMD in North and South 24 Parganas districts. East Medinipur, Howrah, Hooghly and Kolkata will receive moderate rain says the IMD bulletin.

In addition to the two 24 parganas, disaster response forces have been deployed in the coastal areas of East Medinipur to deal with the disaster.

14:45 (IST)24 Oct 2022
Cyclone Sitrang about 300 km south-southeast of Sagar Island, will intensify into severe cyclonic storm during next 6 hours

According to the IMD bulletin, Cyclone Sitrang is centred about 300 km south- southeast of Sagar Island. It is very likely to continue to move north-northeastwards and intensify further into a severe cyclonic storm during next 6 hours.

The cyclone will cross Bangladesh coast between Tinkona Island and Sandwip close to Barisal around 25th October early morning. 

14:16 (IST)24 Oct 2022
Rough sea condition and wind speed reaching to 60 kmph prevailing across Odisha and WB coast

According to the IMD bulletin, rough to very rough sea conditions are prevailing along and off Odisha, West Bengal and Bangladesh coasts on Monday, 24th October. It will become high to very high from monday evening along the WB and Bangaldesh coasts.

Wind Speed: Squally wind speed reaching 40-50 kmph gusting to 60 kmph is prevaling along and off the coasts of Odisha and West Bengal, says the IMD.It will gradually increase to 90 kmph along WB coast till today evening. 

13:51 (IST)24 Oct 2022
In Pics: Precautionary measures taken ahead of the landfall of cyclone Sitrang in West Bengal

Dark clouds hover in the skies above the boats parked on the bank of Ganga river, as a precautionary measure ahead of the landfall of cyclone Sitrang, in Kolkata, Monday, Oct. 24, 2022. (PTI Photo)
 Workers anchor a ferry on the bank of the Ganga river, as a precautionary measure ahead of the landfall of cyclone Sitrang, in Kolkata, Monday, Oct. 24, 2022. (PTI)
(PTI Photo)
Workers anchor a ferry on the bank of the Ganga river, as a precautionary measure ahead of the landfall of cyclone Sitrang, in Kolkata. (PTI)

13:12 (IST)24 Oct 2022
Tidal wave of about 1 metre above normal tide is likely to inundate low lying areas of WB around landfall

The IMD has predicted that a tidal wave of about 1 metre above normal tide is likely to inundate low lying areas of West Bengal (North and South Parganas) when Cyclone Sitrang makes a landfall. 

12:41 (IST)24 Oct 2022
Cyclone Sitrang about 380 km south of Sagar Island, will cross Bangladesh coast around 25th Oct early morning

According to IMD, Cyclone Sitrang is centred about 380 km south of Sagar Island as of today morning. It will cross Bangladesh coast between Tinkona Island and Sandwip close to Barisal around 25th October early morning. 

10:51 (IST)24 Oct 2022
Cyclone 'Sitrang' likely to bring heavy rain, dampen Diwali cheer in Bengal

The southern districts of West Bengal, including Kolkata, woke up to light rain and an overcast sky on Monday as cyclone 'Sitrang' moved towards north Bay of Bengal, raising the likelihood of a downpour during the day and threatening to dampen Diwali festivities.

The system is expected to make a landfall between Tinkona island and Sandwip in Bangladesh early on October 25, the Met department said. It lay centred around 430 km south of Sagar Island on Monday morning, the department said.

Sitrang, which is likely to intensify further into a severe cyclonic storm, will bring in its wake heavy to very heavy rain and wind reaching speed of 90 to 100 kmph, gusting to 110 kmph, in the coastal districts of South 24 Parganas, North 24 Parganas and East Midnapore on Monday, the weather office said. Read more

09:12 (IST)24 Oct 2022
Sitrang to cross Bangladesh coast between Tinkona Island and Sandwip on Tuesday

As the cyclonic storm Sitrang moves north-northeastwards and intensifies into a severe cyclonic storm during next 12 hours, it will continue to move in the same direction and likely cross Bangladesh coast between Tinkona Island and Sandwip close to Barisal around October 25 early morning, the IMD said Monday.

The cyclonic storm 'Sitrang' over west-central and adjoining east-central Bay of Bengal on Monday moved north-northeastwards with a speed of 15 kmph in the past six hours and lay centered at 5.30 am over east-central and adjoining areas of west-central and north-west Bay of Bengal, about 810 km north-northwest of Port Blair, 430 km south of Sagar Island and 580 km south-southwest of Barisal (Bangladesh).  

08:34 (IST)24 Oct 2022
Cyclonic storm to intensify further into severe cyclonic storm in next 12 hrs

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) said Monday that cyclonic storm Sitrang was about 520 km from Sagar Island and that it would intensify further into severe cyclonic storm in next 12 hrs. 




20:27 (IST)23 Oct 2022
IMD says deep depression over Bay of Bengal intensifies into cyclonic storm ‘Sitrang’

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) said that Cyclone Sitrang developed over the east-central Bay of Bengal around the late evening hours on Sunday.

 

IMD Director General Mrutunjay Mohapatra has said while there is no possibility of the storm making landfall in Odisha, the state is expected to witness heavy to very heavy rainfall. The Odisha government has alerted seven coastal districts -- Ganjam, Puri, Khurda, Jagatsinghpur, Bhadrak, Kendrapara and Balasore -- asking them to take precautionary measures.

Deputy director-general of the Regional Meteorological Centre in Kolkata Sanjib Bandopadhyay told reporters that isolated places in North-24 Parganas and South-24 Parganas districts would get heavy to very heavy rainfall on October 24.

This storm, which is expected to turn into a cyclone in the “severe” category is to be called as ‘Sitrang’ (read as Si-trang), a name suggested by Thailand. Sitrang will be the second cyclonic storm this year after Cyclone Asani that had formed in the Bay of Bengal in early May. (Here's how cyclones are named)

The Met Office has warned fishermen not to venture into the deep-sea area of the central Bay of Bengal from Saturday and along and off Odisha and West Bengal coasts between October 23 and 26. Both states are likely to experience widespread rainfall due to the weather system.

How are tropical cyclones named?

Cyclones that form in every ocean basin across the world are named by the regional specialised meteorological centres (RSMCs) and Tropical Cyclone Warning Centres (TCWCs). There are six RSMCs in the world, including the India Meteorological Department (IMD), and five TCWCs.

As an RSMC, the IMD names the cyclones developing over the north Indian Ocean, including the Bay of Bengal and Arabian Sea, after following a standard procedure. The IMD is also mandated to issue advisories to 12 other countries in the region on the development of cyclones and storms. Here are the names of cyclones, past and future

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First published on: 23-10-2022 at 07:57 IST
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