Cyclone Yaas Live Tracking, Weather forecast Today Highlights: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will hold a review meeting over the impact of Cyclone Yaas with Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his visit to the state on Friday, she said.
PM Modi will visit both Odisha and West Bengal on Friday to review the effects of cyclone in the two coastal states. The PM will first make a visit to Bhubaneswar where he will hold a review meeting. He will then proceed for an aerial survey in the affected areas of Balsore, Bhadrak and Purba Medinipur. Following this, PM Modi will take part in a review meeting in West Bengal.
As tropical Cyclone ‘Yaas’ continues to ravage India’s eastern coast, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen conducted an aerial survey to assess the extent of damage in the state today. However, the cyclonic storm weakened into a deep depression over southern Jharkhand and adjoining Odisha late on Thursday, according to the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD). It is likely to move northwestward and gradually weaken into a depression later today, the IMD said.
Meanwhile, a spokesperson for UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said the world body was ready to assist the country in its relief efforts if it needed help. “From South Asia, which is being impacted currently by Tropical Cyclone Yaas, our humanitarian colleagues tell us that we have activated cyclone preparedness measures and prepositioned stocks of food and other items,” spokesperson Stephane Dujarric said. “The cyclone reached the Indian state of Odisha yesterday, with millions of people being evacuated by the Government ahead of the storm. UN agencies and our partners in India stand ready to support the response efforts if State authorities request it.”
At least four people were killed as several coastal towns of north Odisha and neighbouring West Bengal were pounded by the severe cyclonic storm after it made landfall in Odisha on Wednesday morning. While three died in Odisha, West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee said that one person, who was initially rescued, died “accidentally” later in the state.Banerjee also said that at least one crore people in the state were affected by rough weather conditions and high tide arising out of the storm. Three lakh houses have suffered damage, she told.
Jharkhand remains on high alert and has evacuated about 15,000 people to safer zones while operations are still on to minimise damage from the cyclone that pounded neighbouring Odisha and West Bengal, officials said. At least eight lakh people have been affected by the cyclonic storm.