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Cyclone Sitrang: Speed ​​of 110 km, torrential rain.. How is Cyclone Sitrang moving rapidly towards West Bengal?

Kolkata/Bhubaneswar: The depression over the Andaman Sea can turn into a cyclonic storm. Due to this, it is likely to reach West Bengal-Bangladesh coasts on October 25. Due to this, the wind can blow at a speed of 110 kilometers per hour. According to the India Meteorological Department, there is a possibility of light to moderate rain in Gangetic West Bengal from this weather system. While the coastal districts of South 24 Parganas, North 24 Parganas and East Medinipur may receive heavy rains at some places. The effect of this cyclone can also be seen on some coasts of Odisha.

Kolkata-based Regional Meteorological Center Deputy Director General Sanjeev Bandopadhyay said that light to moderate rain is likely in Kolkata on October 24 and 25. He said wind speed reaching 45 to 55 kmph gusting to 65 kmph would prevail over the coastal districts of South 24 Parganas, North 24 Parganas and East Medinipur on October 24, while wind speed 90-100 kmph gusting to 110 kmph on October 25. will reach the hour.

Impact on these areas adjacent to Kolkata
According to the Meteorological Department, wind speed reaching 30-40 kmph gusting to 50 kmph will prevail in Kolkata and adjoining Howrah and Hooghly districts. Bandopadhyay said that it will not be a severe cyclone and the further movement of the weather system will be updated by the IMD in due course.

The severe cyclone Amphan had wreaked havoc in the coastal districts of West Bengal in May 2020, officials said. The wind speed was 185 kmph when it approached the Sundarbans.

Officers’ leave canceled
West Bengal Chief Secretary HK Dwivedi, in a high-level meeting, directed South 24 Parganas, North 24 Parganas, East Medinipur, Paschim Medinipur and Hooghly districts to take necessary precautions in view of the forecast. An official said that the leave of all senior officers of Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) and Kolkata Police have been cancelled, along with these districts.

SDRF and NDRF alert
20 teams of State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) and 15 teams of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) will be ready. Kolkata Mayor Firhad Hakim said that his team is ready to face any situation. All community halls have been asked to remain open. We will start using the mic to alert people. All the pumping stations will be activated to remove the accumulated water. We are also preparing cyclone shelters.

Preparing to deal with cyclone
Another official said people living in dilapidated buildings in Kolkata have been asked to vacate the houses. Odisha’s Revenue and Disaster Management Minister Pramila Malik said that all the district and coastal area officials have been directed to be prepared to deal with the emerging situation. There is a possibility of heavy rainfall as the weather system crosses parallel to the state’s coast on Monday.

appeal to people not to panic
Malik said that the personnel of fire brigade, ODRAF and NDRF are ready for any emergency. Odisha’s Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) PK Jena appealed to the people not to panic as when the cyclone moves towards West Bengal-Bangladesh coasts, it is likely to remain 200 km off the state coast at Dhamra port in Bhadrak district of the state. Chances are.

A Meteorological Department official said that the Odisha government is in touch with NDRF, Indian Navy and Coast Guard in view of the forecast. Wind speed reaching maximum speed of 50-60 kmph is very likely over Odisha coast when the weather system will move parallel to the state coast.

Avadab will start from 23rd October
The IMD in its forecast said that the depression over Andaman Sea is very likely to move west-northwestwards and intensify into a deep depression on October 23. The Meteorological Department said that the weather system is likely to move northwards later and intensify into a cyclonic storm over west-central and adjoining east-central Bay of Bengal by October 24.

Impact on North East too
The Meteorological Department said in its forecast that it is likely to move north-northeastwards and reach West Bengal-Bangladesh coasts on October 25. Due to this, rain will occur over Northeast including South Assam, East Meghalaya, Nagaland, Mizoram, Manipur and Tripura on October 24, 25 and 26. Fishermen have been advised not to venture into the sea from October 23 till further notice. As suggested by Thailand, the cyclonic storm has been named ‘Sitrang’.

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