Balasore / Digha / Ranchi: Heavy rains occurred after hitting of Cyclonic storm Yas on the east coasts of the country on Wednesday with wind speed of 130-145 kmph. Many houses were damaged due to this. Officials said three people died in Odisha and one in West Bengal.
Due to the cyclone, water was filled in the lower ellipses near Dhamra port of Odisha. More than 20 lakh people were evacuated from these areas to safe places. The storm weakened after hitting the coasts in the upper reaches.
The Bengal government has claimed that at least one crore people have been affected due to this natural disaster. Within a week after hitting of Toute on the country’s shores Yas is the second cyclonic storm.
Odisha’s Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) PK Jena said that seawater entered the villages of Bahnaga and Remuna blocks in Balasore district and Dhamra and Basudevpur in Bhadrak district.
He said that the administration is taking steps to extract water from the villages with the help of local people. Jena said that due to heavy rains in Similipal National Park in Mayurbhanj district, there is a possibility of sudden flood in Budhabalang river. In the afternoon the river’s water level was 21 meters against the danger level of 27 meters.
He said that the Mayurbhanj district administration has started evacuating some areas on either side of the river and some low-lying areas of Baripada town.
Jena said that after cutting the wires, the work of repairing power lines has started in some places in Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapara and Jajpur districts. He said that there has not been much loss in these districts.
Local sources said that one person each died after falling trees in Kenozhar and Balasore, but this has not been officially confirmed. Another elderly woman died due to falling of home in Mayurbhanj.
Jena told that by evening the wind speed will slow down and by midnight the cyclone will move from Odisha towards Jharkhand. 5.8 lakh people have been evacuated from sensitive areas of Odisha to safe places and 15 lakh people have been taken to the shelters in West Bengal.
How much loss in Bengal?
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said that one crore people have been affected by the cyclone in the state. She told that three lakh houses were damaged due to the cyclone.
She claimed that due to the cyclone the state’s most parts have been damaged. The Chief Minister said that at least one crore people in Bengal have been affected by this natural disaster. Three lakh houses and 134 embankments have been damaged so far.
She told that one person died accidentally. She said that relief materials worth Rs 10 crore have been sent to the affected areas. A defense official said that Digha in East Midnapore, which shares a border with Odisha’s Balasore district, has been completely submerged and the army has been called in for relief and rescue operations.
Defense officer said that the army has deployed in West Bengal to help the state administration. He said that relief and rescue operations are also being carried out by the army in Howrah district.
Banerjee has appealed to the people of the state to stay in the houses especially in East Medinipur, South 24 Parganas, North 24 Parganas, West Medinipur, Howrah, Hooghly, Purulia and Nadia.
The Chief Minister said, almost the entire West Bengal is flooded. Several embankments have broken and sea water has penetrated into areas like Sagar and Gosaba of South 24 Parganas and coastal areas like Mandaramani, Digha and Shankarpur in East Midnapore. Extensive damage has been done to low-lying areas.
Officials said that the army, the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), the State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) and the state police are working 24 hours to evacuate people to safer places.
Estimates of heavy rains
She said that there is news of water filling in some low-lying areas of Kolkata. The Met office has predicted heavy rains in East and West Midnapore districts and very heavy rainfall in the next 24 hours in Jhargram, Bankura, South 24 Parganas districts.
The office reported that due to Yas, heavy rain will occur at isolated places in Purulia, Nadia, Murshidabad, Howrah, Hooghly, Kolkata, North 24 Parganas, Darjeeling and Kalimpong districts.
In Ranchi, officials said that due to the possibility of a midnight cyclone in Jharkhand, vigilance is already being done. Lower areas of the state are being evacuated.
Disaster Management Secretary Amitabh Kaushal told that in view of Yas, a war-footing campaign is being carried out in sensitive areas of East and West Singhbhum besides some other districts.
The Met Office said that in East Singhbhum, West Singhbhum and Seraikela-Kharsawan districts of the state, wind can blow at a speed of 92-117 kmph. Director General of Police Neeraj Sinha called the PTI-language and told, We are ready to deal with the situation and have formed rescue teams.