New Delhi: More than 12 lakh people have been evacuated to safer places in Bengal and Odisha in view of the threat from Yas, which has taken the form of a very severe cyclone. Preparations have also been stepped up for rescue in Jharkhand, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Andaman and Nicobar Islands. According to the Indian Meteorological Department, the cyclone will hit the coast near Dhamra located between Baleshwar and Bhadrak district of Odisha this morning. At this time the wind will blow at a speed of 155-165 km per hour, which can reach up to 185 km per hour. The Meteorological Department has issued a Red Alert (possibility of heavy rains) for Bengal and Odisha.
North 24 Parganas of West Bengal is witnessing strong winds and rains. At the same time, high waves are rising in the sea with strong winds in Digha in East Midnapore. Odisha’s Paradip has been witnessing strong winds and heavy rains ahead of cyclone Yass’s landfall.
Bhamra in Bhadrak district is also experiencing strong winds and heavy rains. According to the Meteorological Department, Cyclone Yas will hit Odisha coast this afternoon.