Cyclone Amphan intensifies, to land on Bengal coast May 20

By: Express News Service | Kolkata |

Updated: May 18, 2020 8:29:16 am

The Indian Coast Guard has also prepared itself for maritime search and rescue operations.

The Meteorological department on Sunday said Cyclone Amphan had intensified into a severe cyclonic storm over the Bay of Bengal, and was likely to cross the coasts of West Bengal and bangladesh on May 20.

It is likely to bring heavy rainfall, coupled with strong wind, in coastal Odisha and West Bengal from the day before. In Bengal, the rain is expected to lash the districts of North and South 24 Parganas, Kolkata, Purba and Paschim Medinipur, Howrah, and Hooghly.

According to a bulletin issued by the weather office at 2 pm, Amphan had moved slowly northwestwards with a speed of 3 kmph and intensified into a severe cyclonic storm. It lay centred about 980 km south of Paradip in Odisha, 1,130 km south-southwest of Digha in West Bengal, and 1,250 km south-southwest of Khepupara in bangladesh.

“Cyclone Amphan is likely to cross between Sagar Islands in West Bengal and Hatiya islands in Bangladesh between afternoon and evening of May 20 as a very severe cyclonic storm. It will bring heavy to very heavy rainfall in coastal Odisha and West Bengal from May 19 onwards. Sea condition will be very high to phenomenal…

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