New threat: 'Yaas' can turn into a cyclonic storm today, Odisha alerts many districts


After the havoc of Toute, now the threat of cyclonic storm Yas has started looming. States have started taking precautions on this. Please tell that Toute caused havoc in Gujarat and Maharashtra.

The Odisha government has alerted 14 of the 30 districts in the wake of the Indian Meteorological Department anticipating the Yas cyclone to pass through the Odisha-West Bengal coast on 26 May. The state government on Friday urged the Indian Navy and the Indian Coast Guard to be prepared to deal with the situation.

The Meteorological Department said on Thursday that a low-pressure area would form over the eastern central part of the Bay of Bengal on 22 May which could turn into a cyclonic storm and hit the Odisha-West Bengal coasts on 26 May.

Odisha Chief Secretary SC Mohapatra said after a meeting with senior officials that if the cyclone 'Yas' has any impact on the state, the state government is ready to deal with any situation.

He said that although the meteorological department has not yet given information about the potential of the cyclone, the route, its speed, the location of hitting the coast, etc., the government has started preparations.

Center asks states to ensure stock of medicines in health centers

The central government has asked Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, and the Andaman and Nicobar Islands to ensure that essential medicines and resources are stocked at health centers so that any emergency can be dealt with during the Yas storm.

Cyclone Yas is expected to hit the eastern coastal region of the country later this month. On Thursday, the Meteorological Department of India said that the low-pressure area is likely to form in the North Andaman Sea and adjoining east-central Bay of Bengal on May 22.

The Cyclone Warning Cell of the department informed that it has every possibility of gradually turning into a cyclonic storm in the next 72 hours. It can move towards the northwest direction and reach the coasts of West Bengal-Odisha around the evening of 26 May.

In addition to the impact of the storm in Odisha and West Bengal, the Andaman and Nicobar Islands and East Coast districts may receive heavy rains and flood conditions.

Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan has written to the Chief Secretaries of Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, and Andaman and the Nicobar Islands, saying that the coronavirus epidemic is already a public health-related challenge that arises among displaced people living in temporary camps Affective water, mosquitoes and airborne diseases can be further complicated by health risks.