Cyclone Yaas: Everything about another cyclonic storm that may hit West Bengal and adjoining Odisha coasts
In yet another cyclonic storm of 2021, Cyclone Yaas formed around 22 May 2021 over the north Andaman Sea and the adjoining east-central Bay of Bengal. It is very likely to intensify gradually into a cyclonic storm, move northwestwards and reach West Bengal and adjoining Odisha coasts by 26 May 2021. The name of the cyclone is given by Oman.
Cyclone Yaas is very likely to make landfall anywhere between Paradip (Odisha) and Sagar islands (West Bengal) as a very severe cyclonic storm on 26th May evening. It is expected to pack wind speeds of 155-165kmph gusting up to 185kmph. This will in turn cause heavy rainfall in coastal areas of West Bengal and Odisha.
Rain hits Odisha's Chandipur and Bhubaneshwar, and West Bengal's Digha ahead of Cyclone Yaas. India Meteorological Department (IMD) warned the Bihar Government of rain, thunderstorm, intense lightning and gusty winds across the state from 27-30 May 2021.
IMD Bhubaneshwar issued a red alert for four Odisha districts-- Kendrapara, Bhadrak, Jagatsinghpur, and Balasore. An orange alert is issued for five Odisha districts-- Mayurbhanj, Jajpur, Cuttack, Khorda and Puri.
Deep Depression over Eastcentral Bay of Bengal intensified into Cyclonic Storm ‘Yaas’ and about 600 km of Port Blair. To intensify into a Severe Cyclonic Storm during next 24 hours and into a Very Severe Cyclonic Storm during subsequent 24 hours. pic.twitter.com/HfREdsMtOL— India Meteorological Department (@Indiametdept) May 24, 2021
For relief and rescue operation, 46 teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) have been positioned in four coastal States and Union Territories-- West Bengal, Odisha, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Puducherry. Additionally, 13 teams were airlifted on May 23 for deployment. The teams are equipped with boats, telecom equipment, and more.
On 24 May 2021, Minister of Home Affairs Amit Shah is likely to chair a virtual meeting with the Chief Ministers of Odisha, Andhra Pradesh, West Bengal and the LG of Andaman and Nicobar Islands to review the preparedness ahead of Cyclone Yaas.
On 23 May 2021, Prime Minister Narendra Modi reviewed the preparedness of the state as well as central agencies to deal with the situation. He further called for a timely evacuation of those involved in offshore activities. The armed forces are on alert with the Navy putting on standby four warships and several aircraft. The Indian Air Force (IAF) has kept 11 transport aircraft and 25 helicopters ready to carry out humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations as part of preparations to deal with the situation arising out of Cyclone Yaas.
New Low Pressure area likely to form in Bay of Bengal around 22 May To intensify into a Cyclonic Storm and reach West Bengal and Odisha Coast by 26 May. Sea conditions to remain rough in Bay of Bengal from 21 May onwards. Fishermen requested to return to shores.#CycloneAlert pic.twitter.com/eHnInU33y2— NDMA India | राष्ट्रीय आपदा प्रबंधन प्राधिकरण 🇮🇳 (@ndmaindia) May 19, 2021
Odisha and West Bengal gears up for Cyclone Yaas
To face the impending Cyclone Yaas, West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee chaired a high-level meeting with senior government officials and officers from the State Disaster Management Authority (SDMA). After the meeting, a notification was issued to the district administrations about measures that need to be taken before Cyclone Yaas hits West Bengal.
Ahead of Cyclone Yaas, Odisha Government directed all the concerned departments to take precautionary measures against it. Following this, Odisha Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) Pradeep Jena held a high-level meeting with the secretaries of all departments of the State Government and the officials of the India Meteorological Department (IMD) to access the preparedness.
1- Andaman and Nicobar Islands: The India Meteorological Department (IMD) warned of light to moderate rainfall at most places with heavy to very heavy rainfall at isolated places on 22 and 23 May 2021.
2- Odisha, West Bengal, Assam & Meghalaya: IMD has also warned of light to moderate rainfall at most places with heavy falls at isolated places very likely to commence from 25 May 2021 with a significant increase in spatial extension and intensity.
3- Fisherman: The fisherman are advised not to venture into southeast Bay of Bengal and the south Andaman Sea from 21 May 2021 onwards, into the central Bay of Bengal during 23-25 May 2021 and into the north Bay of Bengal along and off West Bengal, Odisha and Bangladesh coasts.
4- Return to coast: The people who are in the Deep Sea were advised to return to the coast by 23 May 2021.
The India Meteorological Department (IMD) warned of squally wind speed reaching 45–55 kmph gusting to 65 kmph to prevail over the Andaman Sea and adjoining the east-central Bay of Bengal on 23 May 2021. It was predicted to increase from 50–60 kmph gusting to 70 kmph on 23 May 2021 and further becoming Gale wind speed during 24 to 26 May 2021 over major parts of central Bay of Bengal and into the north Bay of Bengal and along and off Odisha, West Bengal, and Bangladesh coasts during 25-27 May 2021.
What will be the speed of Cyclone Yaas?
IMD warned of squally wind speed reaching 45–55 kmph gusting to 65 kmph to prevail over the Andaman Sea and adjoining the east-central Bay of Bengal on 23 May 2021. It was predicted to increase from 50–60 kmph gusting to 70 kmph on 23 May 2021 and further becoming Gale wind speed during 24 to 26 May 2021 over major parts of central Bay of Bengal and into the north Bay of Bengal and along and off Odisha, West Bengal, and Bangladesh coasts during 25-27 May 2021.
Which areas are on alert ahead of Cyclone Yaas?
According to IMD, Cyclone Yaas is likely to intensify into a very severe cyclonic storm and hit West Bengal and Odisha coasts on 26 May 2021.
Who named Cyclone Yaas?
The name of the cyclone is given by Oman.