Amphan hits the eastern coast: Quick Facts

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Amphan hits the eastern coast: Quick Facts

The mighty storm has set in

Wednesday, 20th May 2020

Cyclonic storm Amphan is likely to show its prowess in West Bengal between 4 pm-6 pm today evening. This is the one of the most powerful cyclonic storms over Bay of Bengal in 2 decades.


Amphan that was initially a super cyclone declined in strength to become an “extremely severe cyclonic storm" on this Tuesday lead to very violent winds and torrential rains in several parts of Bengal and Odisha as it drew closer to the eastern coastline of India.


Evacuation of over 4 lakhs people so far has taken place in the states to minimize anticipated cyclone-triggered damages to life and property. As per forecasts the cyclone is likely to bring gushing winds at the speed of 185 km/per hour when it moves across Digha in West Bengal and Hatiya Island in Bangladesh where nearly 20 million people have been evacuated to safer shelters. 12, 000 such shelters have been set up to accommodate these people. Amphan is the second ‘super cyclone’ to have formed in the Indian Ocean’s northeastern part since the beginning of records. Indian Navy is well prepared for offering relief measures to people who are in need of it during or post the cyclonic storm. The Navy staffs are on ‘high alert’ for the same.


  1. Kolkata, airport will remain shut until 5 am tomorrow
  2. In the early morning heavy rain and strong winds were witnessed in Odisha’s Paradip and in the district ‘South 24 Parganas’ of Bengal
  3. As per forecasts West Bengal’s 7 districts are likely to experience the cyclone’s direct impact.
  4. PK Jena; the top official of Odisha said that the storm is likely to go past Odisha and make a landfall in West Bengal’s Sundarbans by evening.
  5. Mr. Jena also said:  "As the cyclone moves (towards Indian coast), next six-eight hours are very important. We have evacuated about 1.37 lakh people so far,"
  6. Coastal districts such as Kendrapara, Jagatsinghpur, Balasore and Bhadrak are expected to be hit by heavy rain and speedy winds.
  7. West Bengal CM Mamata Bannerjee has called the vulnerable belts as ‘red plus zone’ and has said that she would be present in the control room overnight tonight.
  8. Those residing in the coastal belts where cautioned against stepping out of their house and fishermen too were asked not to go into the seas until the weather improves and ‘all-clear’ is announced. From the early morning of Wednesday itself people should abide by the instructions given and follow them until Thursday evening by which time the cyclone is likely to clear up. In this context, Mamata Bannerjee said recalling Fani that had battered the coast last year: "The tail-end of a cyclone can do worst damage, so people should not come out of their homes until they get an all-clear,"
  9. Amit Shah, the Union Home Minister had spoken to the CMs of West Bengal and Odisha on Tuesday over phone assuring them of Centre’s all possible help
  10. NDRF Chief SN Pradhan considers Amphan and Coronavirus managements to be double challenges for India. He also remarked: "We have told Bengal and Odisha, social distancing has to be maintained strictly in cyclone shelters. If a shelter has space for 1,000, then only 500 should be allowed,"
  11. 40 NDRF teams have been formed and deployed in the states of Odisha and West Bengal to grapple with cyclone related emergencies.
  12. Indian Meteorological Department has cautioned every one of electricity posts uprooting, capsizing of boats and flying objects. The department also informed that a storm induced surge leaping up to nearly 46 meters above astronomical tide may heavily flood the coastal belts of West Bengal.
  13. On Monday, PM Modi had a meeting to fathom the preparedness as well as response measures to handle the storm. "Reviewed the preparedness regarding the situation due to cyclone 'Amphan.' The response measures as well as evacuation plans were discussed. I pray for everyone's safety and assure all possible support from the Central Government," said Modi ji in a tweet.
  14. "Amphan" means ‘Sky’. This nomenclature was coined in 2004 by Thailand
  15. Doppler Weather Radar is continuously tracking the movements and progress of the cyclone.



Source: NDTV

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