Mamata Banerjee remains overnight at control room
Bengal would monitor “red plus zones” for Cyclone Amphan, which is likely to hit the state tomorrow afternoon, Mamata Banerjee said today, reviewing arrangements at a control room set up in her office building in Kolkata.
Amphan, one of the fiercest cyclones over Bay of Bengal in years, is barreling towards the Indian coast and is expected to pack winds gusting up to 185 kilometres per hour when it hits Bengal.
Mamata Banerjee warned people near the cost against stepping out and said they should stay in from Wednesday morning until an all-clear was sounded on Thursday.
India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Tuesday issued a warning to suspend all fishing activities in West Bengal and Odisha till May 20, in the wake of super cyclone Amphan.
Several fishermen at Odisha’s Bhadrak were seen parking their boats at the dock today morning.
Cyclone Amphan will make landfall on West Bengal coast on May 20 evening as extremely severe cyclonic storm with wind speeds up to 195 kmph, said Centre on Monday.
“Amphan is now a ‘super cyclone’ and it is a serious issue, the only other cyclone of this magnitude was in Odisha in 1999 and it was very deadly.
“Cyclone ‘Amphan’ will cause heavy to extremely heavy rainfall in coastal districts of West Bengal. West Bengal districts of East Medinipur, South and North 24 Parganas, Howrah, Hooghly, Kolkata are likely to be worst affected by cyclone,” said government.