The government of West Bengal has evacuated thousands of locals in South 24 Parganas and Purba Medinipur districts on Saturday.
The state government has also requested tourists in prominent sea resorts to stay away from beaches, as cyclone Jawad' soared vastly over the Odisha and Andhra Pradesh coast.
Numerous districts in West Bengal including the North and South 24 Parganas, Purba and Paschim Medinipur, Jhargram, Howrah and Hooghly received light rainfall since Saturday's morning.
The India Meteorological Department in a morning bulletin has informed that the cyclonic storm has shifted slightly northwards with a speed of 4 kmph during the past six hours and lay centred nearly 230 km south-southeast of Vishakhapatnam (Andhra Pradesh), 340 km south of Gopalpur (Odisha), 410 km south-southwest of Puri (Odisha) and 490 km south-southwest of Paradip (Odisha).
The government evacuated nearly 11,000 people from the coastal areas to safer areas in South 24 Parganas and Purba Medinipur districts while boats with fishermen have returned in Kakdwip, Digha, Shankarpur and other coastal belts.
Nevertheless, the storm may reduce into a deep depression by the time it reaches the Puri coast and rescue teams were seen asking circulated groups of travellers and residents to empty the seasides in Digha, Shankarpur, Tajpur and Bakkhali.
A total of 19 teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) have been deployed in the state in the track of the storm.
The weather office has predicted heavy to very heavy showers at one or two places in Kolkata, Purba and Paschim Medinipur, North and South 24 Parganas, Jhargram, Hooghly and Howrah.
Heavy rain is also predicted on Monday in the districts of North and South 24 Parganas, Nadia and Murshidabad.
Leave a comment