The process of the landfall of very severe cyclonic storm Yaas started south of Odisha’s Balasore town around 9 a.m.
“The landfall is taking place in Bahanaga and Remuna block, south of Balasore town. We are expecting the landfall process to complete before 1 p.m. The wind speed would be in the range of 130-140 kmph. The system will move to Mayurbhanj through Balasore district,” said Special Relief Commissioner Pradeep Kumar Jena addressing a press conference here.
“Under the influence of cyclone, north Odisha has received heavy to very heavy rain. Highest rainfall of 304 mm was recorded at Kusumi in Mayurbhanj district followed 288 mm in Chandbali and 275 mm in Rajnagar. At 36 locations, the rainfall was measured between 110 mm and 304 mm,” said Jena.
Several low-lying areas close to coast in Balasore and Bhadrak districts were inundated due to heavy rain and tidal surge, he said, adding that areas falling on the right side of landfall would witness high tidal surge.
The SRC said it was expected that the cyclone would cross Mayurbhanj and enter Jharkhand around midnight