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Cyclone AMPHAN latest updates ;will cross between Digha-Hatiya Islands during evening of May 20

In this satellite image taken from India Meteorological Department (IMD) at 17:30 IST shows Cyclone Amphan along the costal areas of Bay of Bengal. As per IMD, Amphan intensified into extremely severe cyclonic storm and is likely to become super cyclone (Photo: ANI)

Cyclone AMPHAN :  extremely severe cyclonic strom

Kolkata (ANI) : Super Cyclone AMPHAN latest updates .  “It is very likely to move north- northeast wards across northwest Bay of Bengal and cross West Bengal- Bangladesh coasts between Digha and Hatiya islands clode to Sundarbans during the afternoon/evening of May 20 (Wednesday) as an extremely severe Cyclonic storm AMPHAN” stated by India Meteorological Department (IMD India)

Cyclone AMPHAN latest updates

Earlier IMD said that ‘ Super cyclonic storm AMPHAN over West Central and adjoining central parts of south Bay of Bengal moved nearly northwards with a speed of 11 km/ph during past six hours and lay centered at 5:30 pm on May 18 over West Central Bay of Bengal about 700 Km nearly south of Paradip , Odisha .

Cyclone AMPHAN latest update
Image source (IMD / ANI)

Super Cyclone AMPHAN : updates

AMPHAN ( Pronounced UM-PN ) that had turned into an extremely severe cyclonic storm gathered more strength over the Bay of Bengal while moving slowly towards the coasts . It has now intensified further into a super cyclonic storm likely to make land fall on Wednesday , the IMD has indicated.

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“AMPHAN is now a super cyclone and it is a serious issue , the other cyclone of this magnitude was in Odisha in 1999 and it was very deadly ” said by National Disaster Response Force (NDRF ) DG S.N.Pradhan

Cyclone AMPHAN latest update
Super cyclone AMPHAN movements ( IMD /ANI)

Cyclone ‘AMPHAN‘ will cause heavy to extremely heavy rainfall in coastal districts of West Bengal . East Midnapur ,South and North 24 Parganas , Howrah , Hooghly and Kolkata of West Bengal state are likely to be worst affected by AMPHAN.

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The IMD has warned of storm surge of 4-6 mitre height above astronomical tide and will inundate low lying coastal areas of West Bengal during landfall .

Cyclone AMPHAN latest updates : Important factors

  • ‘Cyclone AMPHAN is likely to have a wind speed of upto 185 km per hour on Wednesday ‘ said by Home Ministry , Govt. of India
  • Heavy rainfall warnings have issued by the IMD for Gajapati , Puri , Ganjam , Jagatsinghpur and Kendrapara of Odisha state.
  • It will hit Wes Bengal coastal areas on Wednesday
  • The impending cyclone has forced the Indian Railways to divert thevroute for its Bhubaneswar – New Delhi – Bhubaneswar AC special trains running from Bhubaneswar between May 19-22 . The trains will now travel via Bhubaneswar – Angul – Sambalpur city – Jharsuguda – Rourkela- Tata route , bypassing the Bhadrak- Balasore- Hijli route.
Cyclone AMPHAN latest update

The name of severe cyclonic storm ‘AMPHAN‘ was decided even before it had formed. It was given by Thailand backing 2004 . The word ‘AMPHAN’ (Pronunciation ‘Um- Pun’) means ‘sky ‘

( With inputs ANI , Live Mint and HT)

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