Odisha, West Bengal, Northeast states of India are bracing for heavy rainfall as Cyclone Mora made landfall at Bangladesh coast on Tuesday morning. Meanwhile, Indian Navy’s Eastern Fleet ships have been put on the highest state of readiness so that help can be extended promptly in case cyclone Mora hits parts of Bangladesh.
“It is likely to turn into deep depression and make a landfall in Bangladesh by Tuesday afternoon/evening. Indian Navy Eastern Fleet ships are at the highest state of readiness to render assistance if required,” a senior Navy official said in New Delhi on Monday.
Update at 8:30 AM:
#The severe cyclonic storm MORA over northeast and adjoining east central Bay of Bengal moved further north northeastward during past 06 hrs with a speed of 28 kmph, and lay centred at 0230 hrs IST of today, May 30, 2017 over northeast Bay of Bengal near Latitude 20.3 Degree N and Longitude 91.6 Degree E
#About 420 km southeast of Kolkata and 220 km south-southwest of Chittagong. It is very likely to move north-northeastwards and cross Bangladesh coast near Chittagong by 30.05.2017
The Odisha government has sounded alert in four districts and has asked fishermen not to venture into the sea as cyclonic storm ‘Mora’ is likely to trigger heavy rainfall in some parts of the state.
State Revenue and Disaster Management minister Maheswar Mohanty, who held a meeting with senior officials to review the preparedness, said the collectors of Mayurbhanj, Balasore, Bhadrak and Jajpur have been alerted.
Collectors of other districts have also been instructed to remain watchful in view of the cyclonic storm.
Mohanty said according to the IMD, Mayurbhanj, Balasore, Bhadrak and Jajpur districts may receive rainfall due to the impact of Mora.
“Fishermen along and off the coast of West Bengal are advised not to venture into the sea today and tomorrow as wind reaching a speed of 45 to 55 km per hour may blow, with gusts touching speed of 65 km per hour due to the cyclonic storm,” regional MeT director G K Das said on Monday.
Coastal districts of West Bengal are likely to receive heavy rain on Tuesday and Wednesday due to the cyclonic storm. The districts likely to receive heavy rain are South 24-Parganas, North 24-Parganas, East Midnapore and Nadia, Das said.Kolkata is likely to have an overcast sky and witness one or two spells of rain during the next two days, he said.
Meghalaya and Mizoram government have also issued warning of strong winds and heavy rainfall in view of ‘Mora’, saying that the cyclonic storm is likely to make a landfall in the northeast region in the next 48 hours.
The Indian Meteorological Department has issued warning to the state Disaster Management Authority that the cyclone ‘Mora’ will hit several states in the northeast. Heavy rainfall is expected in the next 48 hours, an official told PTI.
The government has advised people of the state to take precaution and other preventive measures as heavy rainfall is expected. Government response team has been activated in case of any emergency, the official said.
The MeT department said that Assam, Meghalaya, Tripura, Mizoram, Manipur, Nagaland, Arunachal Pradesh and West Bengal are likely to witness heavy to very heavy rainfall.
Severe cyclonic storm ‘Mora’ hit the Bangladeshi shoreline on Tuesday morning. On Monday, the local government had launched a massive evacuation campaign along its southern coastline.
The met office has issued the highest level of warning signal in a scale of 10 for two maritime ports after Mora developed into a severe cyclonic storm.
Cyclone Mora is expected to cause thundershowers accompanied by gusts in maritime ports and coastal areas.
“Local administrations and voluntary agencies in 19 southeastern districts have asked people to move to cyclone shelters. We expect most of them to have moved to safety by later this evening,” an official at the disaster management ministry said on Monday.