Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on the 18th of May, started a meeting with the Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) and the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA.)
The meeting began at 4:00 P.M., to discuss the cyclone Amphan, which is expected to hit Odisha severely on the 18th of May. The cyclone from the Bay of Bengal is said to intensify into a severe cyclone between the evening of the 18th of May and morning of the 20th of May.
The IMD named the first cyclone of 2020 as Amphan, because of the predetermined name on the list of names by the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO.) The name Amphan was the last name on the list and first one to be used in 2020. Besides, referring any cyclone by name also helps to make alerts clear to the people.
Naveen Patnaik, the Chief Minister of Odisha is said to be prepared to deal with the situation, especially during the pandemic crisis of the Novel Coronavirus.
The National Disaster Rescue Force and the State Disaster Rescue Force (SDRF) were deployed to combat the effect of the cyclone and evacuate as many as 11 lakh people who are likely to be hit by severe cyclone Amphan.
Mr. Patnaik said, “As always, saving lives is our priority. We should put our best efforts to save every precious human life.”
According to the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) Amphan is expected to intensify as an extremely severe cyclone by the afternoon of the 20th of May.
In addition, the IMD also issued rainfall warnings for the next 4 days in Odisha and West Bengal due to Cyclone Amphan. The West Bengal Home Secretary Alapan Bandopdhyay said West Bengal is prepared to deal with the situation and is ready with the disaster management teams, rescue operation, following social distancing norms.
S.N. Pradhan, the Director General of the NDRF said, “A total of 37 teams have been deployed by NDRF in West Bengal and Odisha, out of which 20 teams are actively deployed and 17 are on standby in the two states. It is a dual challenge as the cyclone is striking in time of COVID-19 and (hence) we are facing a double challenge so to say.”
Fishermen are also advised not to venture into the south Bay of Bengal during the next 24 hours and in the north Bay of Bengal between the 18th of May to the 20th of May 2020.
The twelve coastal areas of Odisha under close supervision are_ Ganjam, Gajapti, Puri, Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapara, Bhadrak, Balasore, Mayurbhanj, Jajpur, Cuttack, Khurda and Nayagarh.
West Bengal, Sikkim, Assam and Meghalaya are also on alert.
Stay tuned for further updates.