Cyclone Yaas hits Odisha, West Bengal on Wednesday.

Cyclone Yaas hits Odisha, West Bengal on Wednesday.

Cyclone Yaas hits Odisha intensified into a very cyclonic storm, West Bengal on Wednesday.

Cyclone Yaas, with winds of up to 130-145 km / h, hits Odisha, West Bengal and the country’s eastern coasts on Wednesday.

Causing heavy rains, damaging houses, and farmland and leaving at least four people dead: three in Odisha and one in Bengal. 

Yaas, previously classified as a very severe cyclonic storm, hit the coast north of Dhamra in the Bhadrak district of Odisha and 50 km south of Balasore, near the Bahanaga block, around 9 am.

The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has deployed 113 teams to five states and one UT as part of its preparation and response to the severe cyclonic storm ‘Yaas’, the largest deployment of its kind in the rescue operation.

These teams have been deployed to West Bengal, Odisha, Jharkhand, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, and the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

Odisha moved 5.8 lakh, people, to safer locations, while West Bengal moved 15 lakh people before the cyclone. West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said that 10 million people were affected by the cyclone in the state.

Three lakh houses were damaged due to the cyclone, she said. 

Now Jharkhand is on high alert, people continue evacuating low-lying areas. The latest updates: the bridge over the Kachi river collapsed due to heavy rainfall.

In this week after ‘Tauktae‘, the destructive storm now ‘Yaas’ is the second cyclonic storm that hit India causing heavy destructions and deaths.

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Action Taken by Government

May 28, 2021: Prime Minister Modi held a review meeting with Odisha’s Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik in Bhubaneswar to discuss the impact of the cyclone.

He also conducted an aerial reconnaissance of the parts of Odisha and West Bengal that have been affected by Cyclone Yaas.

West Bengal Prime Minister Mamata Banerjee met Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Kalaikunda on Friday and presented a preliminary report on the damage caused by Cyclone Yaas. 

However, Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar criticized Banerjee for skipping the review meeting with Modi.

Prime Minister Modi announced financial aid of Rs 1 billion for immediate relief activities.

Banerjee conducted an aerial reconnaissance of areas affected by the cyclone in Parganas North 24 district, authorities said.

Together with Chief Secretary Alapan Bandyopadhyay, Banerjee took stock of the situation in Hingalganj, Hasnabad, Sandeshkhali, Pinakha, and other areas of the district.

Agricultural fields, houses, roads, and many areas are underwater now.

Odisha’s Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik conducted an aerial reconnaissance to assess the extent of the damage in the state on Thursday.

The cyclonic storm weakened into a deep depression over southern Jharkhand and neighboring Odisha, according to the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD).

It is likely to move northwestward and gradually weaken into depression later today, the IMD said.

However, the Odisha government demanded long-term solutions to mitigate the problems caused by repeated cyclones and the provision of disaster-resistant power systems.

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