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Cyclone Yaas Highlights: Will hold review meeting with PM during his Bengal visit tomorrow, says Mamata

Cyclone Yaas Live Tracking, Weather forecast Today Highlights: 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. 

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: June 2, 2021 1:48:06 pm
An embankment breached at Shankarpur in East Midnapur, West Bengal during Cyclone Yaas.

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.

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Cyclone Yaas downgraded to a deep depression as it moves northwestward, says IMD. Follow this space for the latest updates.

01:07 (IST)28 May 2021
TMC govt demands funds after cyclones but doesn't give spending data: BJP

The BJP's West Bengal president Dilip Ghosh on Thursday alleged that the Mamata Banerjee government in the state demands funds from the Centre to fight disasters like cyclones, but it does not provide details of how the money is spent.

Ghosh said that the chief minister claimed that West Bengal did not get any money from the Union government for relief operations after Cyclone Amphan barrelled through the state last May, but "our findings prove that the Centre gave Rs 2700 crore after the disaster."

The Centre had given Rs 5500 crore after Cyclone Aila hit West Bengal in 2009 when the Left Front was in power, but Banerjee who was then in the opposition had asked the Manmohan Singh government not to give money to it, he claimed.

"We do not say such things. We ask the Centre to release funds due to the state, but also tell the state to provide details of the use of the money given," Ghosh said. PTI

21:04 (IST)27 May 2021
Five-fold increase of cyclones in Bengal: Study

The frequency of cyclones in 15 West Bengal districts, home to nearly 72 million people, has increased five-fold between 1970 and 2019 for which priority should be given to preserving the mangrove forests of Sunderbans which act as a natural coastal defence against flooding, an environmental think tank said on Thursday. The study roots of mangrove trees known as pneumatophores which grow upward from the soil to get oxygen supply act as a shock absorber against violent storm surges and floods in the Sunderbans which lie on the delta of the Ganges, Brahmaputra, and Meghna rivers on the Bay of Bengal. The Sundari is the dominant mangrove tree species of the Sunderbans. --PTI

21:04 (IST)27 May 2021
Bengal CM pegs losses due to 'Yaas' at Rs 15K crore, announces scheme for affected people

A day after Cyclone 'Yaas' wreaked havoc in West Bengal, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said on Thursday that the state has faced losses to the tune of Rs 15,000 crore, and announced the launch of her Duare-Tran (relief at doorstep) scheme next month, primarily aimed at reaching out to the affected people. Banerjee also allotted Rs 1,000 crore for relief work to be undertaken in the cyclone-hit areas, and said that more funds would be doled out if necessary. "Going by the initial reports, we have found out that West Bengal has incurred a total loss of around Rs 15,000 crore. It will probably go up. --PTI

19:23 (IST)27 May 2021
Over 300 births recorded amid cyclone fury, parents rush to name newborns 'Yaas'

As the Odisha administration battled Cyclone 'Yaas', which ripped through the state causing widespread destruction, more than 300 births were registered in the coastal state, with some families rushing to name their newborns after the menacing storm, officials said. Several of these children were born on Tuesday night, when the cyclonic storm was approaching the country's eastern coast, while there are others who saw the light of the world around the time when 'Yaas' made its landfall near Bahanaga, 50 km south of Balasore district. --PTI

19:22 (IST)27 May 2021
Cyclone-triggered heavy rain lashes north Odisha

Heavy rain pummelled several districts of north Odisha under the impact of Cyclone 'Yaas', the meteorological department said on Thursday. Joda in Keonjhar district recorded extremely heavy rainfall of 268.6 mm over the past 24 hours, followed by 254.8 mm in Jashipur area of Mayurbhanj district, the Bhubaneswar Meteorological Centre said. Lathikata in Sundargarh registered very heavy rainfall of 213 mm, while Basudevpur in Bhadrak recorded 195 mm of precipitation. Chandikhol in Jajpur and Deogar received 177 mm and 131 mm of rain, respectively, it said. There was downpour of 112 mm at Pallahara in Angul. Soro in Balasore recorded rainfall of 99 mm, while Bamra in Sambalpur logged 98.4 mm rain, the Met office said. --PTI

17:56 (IST)27 May 2021
Visuals showing devastation caused by Cyclone Yaas in Digha, West Bengal

Devastation caused by Cyclone Yaas in Digha, West Bengal.   

16:52 (IST)27 May 2021
India faced 117 cyclones from 1970-2019, over 40,000 lives lost: Study

As many as 117 cyclones hit India in 50 years from 1970-2019 claiming over 40,000 lives, according to a study on extreme weather events, which also states the mortality rate due to tropical cyclones has come down significantly over the past 10 years. A total of 7,063 extreme weather events killed 1,41,308 people during the period in the country, which included 40,358 (or 28 per cent) due to cyclones and 65,130 (a little over 46 per cent) due to floods, the study says. The research paper published earlier this year has been authored by M Rajeevan, Secretary of Ministry of Earth Sciences, along with scientists Kamaljit Ray, S S Ray, R K Giri and A P Dimri. Kamaljit Ray is the lead author of the paper. Earlier this month, the western coast witnessed the fury of Cyclone Tauktae which hit the Gujarat coast as an extremely severe cyclonic storm, leaving a trail of destruction in several states killing nearly 50 people.  --PTI

16:12 (IST)27 May 2021
PM Modi to visit Odisha, West Bengal tomorrow, take aerial survey of affected areas

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit Odisha and West Bengal on Friday to review the impact of Cyclone Yaas in the two 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.

14:26 (IST)27 May 2021
Several airports resume normal flight operations, but Rourkela airport to remain shut

Several airports along the eastern coast resumed normal flight operations today in the morning, according to the Airports Authority of India (AAI). Odisha's Rourkela airport will, however, remain shut. As Cyclone 'Yaas' passes through Jharkhand towards Bihar, Patna and Darbhanga airports have been put on high alert. 


13:36 (IST)27 May 2021
Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik conducts aerial survey of cyclone affected areas

Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik conducted an aereal survey of cyclone-affected areas across the state. 

12:17 (IST)27 May 2021
Odisha CMO commends police, NDRF for on-ground relief efforts following Cyclone Yaas

The office of Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik commended the efforts made my local police, NDRF and ODRAF personnel to rescue vulnerable people, remove fallen trees and restore road communication following the devastation caused by Cyclone 'Yaas'. 


11:33 (IST)27 May 2021
UN agencies ready to support Cyclone Yaas response efforts in India: UN spokesperson

As Tropical Cyclone Yaas ravaged parts of India's eastern coast, a spokesperson for UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres has said the world body and its agencies stand ready to support the response efforts if state authorities request it, while expressing concern that lack of social distancing in emergency shelters and temporary suspension of vaccination campaigns amid the COVID-19 pandemic could further complicate the health crisis.

"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," Stephane Dujarric, Spokesman for the Secretary-General, said at the daily press briefing on Wednesday.

"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," he said. (PTI)

11:30 (IST)27 May 2021
Ranchi receives heavy rainfall due to Cyclone Yaas

As Cyclone Yaas weakened into a deep drepression over southern Jharkhand, Ranchi received a bout of heavy showers on Thursday morning. #WATCH | Jharkhand: Ranchi receives heavy rainfall due to #CycloneYaasIMD has predicted generally cloudy sky with heavy rain today pic.twitter.com/JA17dsOJN9— ANI (@ANI) May 27, 2021

10:54 (IST)27 May 2021
Deep depression centred over Jharkhand, likely to weaken as it moves northward: IMD

In its latest update on the progress of Cyclone Yaas, the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) said that the deep depression lay centred over southern Jharkhand at 5:30 AM on Thursday, and was likely to weaken further in the next six hours as it moved northward.

09:58 (IST)27 May 2021
Odisha CM announces 7-day relief for all residents of 128 marooned villages

Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Wednesday announced seven-days relief for all residents of the 128 marooned villages in the cyclone affected districts.

09:55 (IST)27 May 2021
7 Naval teams from Visakhapatnam deployed for relief work in West Bengal

Seven Indian Navy teams from Visakhapatnam were deployed to carry out relief work in the cyclone-affected areas of Digha, Fraserganj and Diamond Harbour in West Bengal, ANI reported. 

09:47 (IST)27 May 2021
Thunderstorms, moderate rain likely in West Bengal districts: Regional Meteorological Centre

A day after Cyclone 'Yaas' made landfall and wreaked havoc on either side of the Odisha-Bengal border, West Bengal's Regional Meteorological Centre has predicted thunderstorm with lightning, gusty winds and light to moderate rainfall in some parts of Howrah, Hooghly North and South 24 Parganas, Birbhum, and Murshidabad districts on Thursday morning. 

09:40 (IST)27 May 2021
Cyclone Yaas: Eight lakh people impacted in Jharkhand; about 12,000 people evacuated

As severe cyclonic storm 'Yaas' enters Jharkhand, the state remains on high alert and has evacuated about 12,000 people to safer zones while operations are still on to minimise damage from the cyclone that pounded neighbouring Odisha and West Bengal, officials said Wednesday.

The state has imposed a complete lockdown in some parts to prevent people from venturing out in view of the storm while as many as eight lakh people have already been impacted by it.

Cyclone Yaas, packing winds of up to 130-145 kmph, whiplashed the country's eastern coasts on Wednesday, dumping heavy rain, damaging houses and farmlands, and leaving at least four persons dead - three in Odisha and one in Bengal. Operations are being executed on a war-footing in the vulnerable areas in East and West Singhbhum, besides some other districts due to cyclonic storm Yaas, Disaster Management Secretary Amitabh Kaushal said. (PTI)

09:38 (IST)27 May 2021
Cyclone 'Yaas' downgraded to deep depression as it moves northwestward, says IMD

The cyclonic storm ‘Yaas’ 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.

01:10 (IST)27 May 2021
Odisha's mangrove forest acts as natural barrier against cyclone yet again

The Cyclone Yaas that barrelled through coastal Odisha, triggering damage of varying degrees, spared Bhitarkanika National Park and adjoining hamlets in Kendrapara district, with its luxuriant mangrove cover acting as a protective barrier against nature's fury.

An official said that the mangrove forest has withstood the wind velocity of the cyclone yet again. The region has witnessed seven major cyclones in the past two decades including Yaas. Each time, the cyclonic storm has not impacted the national park and the nearby human habitations, said Divisional Forest Officer, Rajnagar Mangrove (wildlife) Forest Division, Bikash Ranjan Dash. PTI

Cyclone Yaas LIVE Updates: 'Very Severe Cyclonic Storm' to cross north Odisha-West Bengal coast in next 3 hours A shop damaged due to strong winds during landfall of cyclone Yaas at Digha in East Midnapore district, Wednesay, May 26, 2021. (PTI Photo)

As Cyclone Yaas made landfall in north Odisha around 10.30 am on Wednesday, strong winds and heavy tides lashed several coastal towns and villages on either sides of the Odisha-West Bengal border, inundating low-lying areas and uprooting trees, and claiming at least three lives — two in Odisha and one in West Bengal.

The landfall, which happened between north of Dhamra coast in Odisha’s Bhadrak district and Bahanga coast in the state’s Balasore district, continued until 1 pm, with estimated wind speeds of 130-155 kmph, the Indian Meteorological Department said. By Wednesday afternoon, the ‘Very Severe Cyclonic Storm’ had weakened into a ‘Severe Cyclonic Storm’, before moving towards Mayurbhanj district in Odisha.

On the other side of the border, in Digha, a coastal town in Bengal’s Purba Medinipur district, hours before the landfall, tall tidal waves breached embankments and flooded villages around a kilometre from the sea. Shops, huts and resorts and hotels along the beach were damaged as the waves pounded them.

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