The Bay of Bengal’s fiercest storm this century, super-cyclone Amphan, slammed into the coast of eastern India
Extremely severe cyclone Amphan, packing winds of up to 190 kmph roared into West Bengal on Wednesday, dumping heavy rain and leaving a trail of destruction that left at least two people dead. After making landfall at 2.30 pm between Digha in West Bengal and and Hatiya island in Bangladesh, Cyclone Amphan cut a swathe through the coastal areas, flattening fragile dwellings, uprooting trees and electric poles. At least 6.58 lakh people were evacuated in West Bengal and Odisha before the cyclone struck. NDRF said that 20 teams of the federal disaster response force had already begun road clearing operations in Odisha, while the 19 units deployed in West Bengal were shifting people to safety.
Cyclon Amphan in Kolkata: Howrah bridge and Vidyasagar Setu closed
Howrah bridge (Rabindra Setu) and Vidyasagar Setu have been closed to traffic due to the cyclonic storm Amphan.
Eye of storm 70 km away from Kolkata
Currently, the eye of Cyclone Amphan is 35 km northeast of Sagar Island, 70 km nearly south of Kolkata and 95 km east-northeast of Digha.
The system is very likely to continue to move with a wind speed of 140-150 kmph gusting to 165 kmph during the next 2 hours.
The wind speed of 110-120 kmph gusting to 135 kmph likely to prevail over Howrah, Hoogli and Kolkata districts during next 2 hours and decrease thereafter.
The wind speed of 80-90 kmph gusting to 100 kmph over West Medinipur, Vardhman and Murshidabad during the next 2 hours and decrease thereafter.
In Odisha, wind speed of 60 to 90 kmph in Balasore district predicted during the next 3 hours.
Cyclone Amphan wreaks havoc in Odisha's Jagatsinghpur
Cyclone Amphan induced rain and high velocity wind played havoc in Ersama area of Jagatsinghpur, Odisha by inaundating standing crops, damaging Kucha houses and uprooting electric polls.