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Cyclone Yaas Live Tracking: The IMD said on Tuesday that Yaas will cause heavy rains in Odisha and West Bengal with wind speeds of 185 kilometres per hour. Heavy rains are also expected in Bihar and Jharkhand.
Storm-like weather conditions near Howrah bridge due to Cyclone Yaas in the Bay of Bengal, in Howrah.
Storm-like weather conditions near Howrah bridge due to Cyclone Yaas in the Bay of Bengal, in Howrah.
Updated on May 25, 2021 11:20 PM IST
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By hindustantimes.com, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

More than a million people on India's east coast were evacuated by authorities ahead of the impact of Cyclone Yaas, which intensified into a very severe cyclonic storm , according to the India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Tuesday evening. This is the second cyclone to hit the country in the last 10 days after Cyclone Tauktae made landfall in the west coast.


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The IMD said on Tuesday that Yaas will cause heavy rains in Odisha and West Bengal with wind speeds of 185 kilometres per hour. Nearly 900,000 people in West Bengal have been evacuated and shifted to relief camps so far, chief minister Mamata Banerjee said adding 370,000 people have been deployed for rescue and relief operations.


Odisha has so far evacuated over 200,000 people from vulnerable regions. The state government has issued a red alert for Kendrapara, Bhadrak, Jagatsinghpur and Balasore districts- which will be severely hit by the cyclonic storm.


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Heavy rains are also expected in Bihar and Jharkhand. Authorities have issued an orange colour for Bihar. A red alert has been issued for Jharkhand with IMD adding extreme rainfall is expected in the southern and central parts of the state.


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  • May 25, 2021 11:03 PM IST

    Bihar CM Nitish Kumar chairs review meeting; orders officials to remain alert

    Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar on Tuesday held a virtual review meeting regarding Cyclone Yaas which was attended by district magistrates, officials of disaster management and other departments. During the meeting, Kumar instructed all officials to remain alert and make necessary arrangements before the cyclone makes landfall, a statement from the chief minister's office said.

  • May 25, 2021 10:14 PM IST

    Yaas intensifies into very severe cyclonic storm, says IMD

    The IMD said on Tuesday evening that Yaas has intensified into a very severe cyclonic storm. "The severe cyclonic storm 'Yaas over northwest and Bay of Bengal intensified into a very severe cyclonic storm," IMD director general M Mohapatra told news agency PTI and added it will move north-northwestwards, intensify further reach near north Odisha coast close to Dhamra port by Wednesday morning.

  • May 25, 2021 09:14 PM IST

    Kolkata airport to suspend flight ops from 8.30 am to 7.45 pm on May 26

    The Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International (NSCBI) Airport in Kolkata will suspend all flight operations on May 26 from 8.30 am to 7.45 pm in view of cyclone Yaas.


    "In view of the weather warning by @Indiametdept over #CycloneYaas, flight operations at #KolkataAirport will be suspended from 0830 IST upto 1945 IST on 26.05.2021.We sincerely apologise for the inconvenience caused," the airport authorities tweeted.

  • May 25, 2021 07:38 PM IST

    West Bengal: 2 electrocuted, 40 houses partly damaged in tornado ahead of Cyclone Yaas, says CM Mamata Banerjee

    West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee said on Tuesday that 2 people were electrocuted and 40 houses were partly damaged in a tornado in the state's Hooghly district ahead of Cyclone Yaas

  • May 25, 2021 07:18 PM IST

    Railways moves 680 tonnes of oxygen from Odisha, Jharkhand, West Bengal

    The Indian Railways has moved 680 tonnes of oxygen from Odisha, Jharkhand and West Bengal ahead of Cyclone Yaas's impact. “Oxygen Expresses moved 680 tonnes of oxygen relief from Odisha, West Bengal and Jharkhand in the last 12 hours before the cyclone gets stronger. Eight Oxygen Expresses have moved from the region,” the national transporter said in a statement.

  • May 25, 2021 05:21 PM IST

    Yaas to intensify into very severe cyclonic storm in next 12 hrs, says IMD

    The India Meteorological Department (IMD) said on Tuesday that cyclone Yaas is likely to move north-northwestwards and intensify into a very severe cyclonic storm in the next 12 hours

  • May 25, 2021 04:50 PM IST

    Evacuation process in Odisha to get over by evening: Police

    An evacuation drive has been launched in Odisha ahead of Cyclone Yaas' landfall. The evacuation will be completed by Tuesday evening, the state's police told news agency ANI adding 81,661 people living in vulnerable areas have already been evacuated.

  • May 25, 2021 04:02 PM IST

    Mamata Banerjee visits control centre for Cyclone Yaas in Kolkata

    West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee visits control centre for Cyclone Yaas in Kolkata to inspect the preparations put in place.

  • May 25, 2021 03:51 PM IST

    8,09,830 people have been evacuated from low-lying areas in 14 districts of West Bengal

    8,09,830 people have been evacuated from low-lying areas in 14 districts of West Bengal, says NDRF.

  • May 25, 2021 03:51 PM IST

    We believe there will be no loss of life: Indian Coast Guard IG

    Despite the ban fishermen often head towards the sea for their livelihood, to combat this situation we are making announcements in regional languages. Navy is ready with their diving and medical teams. We believe there will be no loss of life: Indian Coast Guard IG.

  • May 25, 2021 03:29 PM IST

    I will monitor the situation closely: Mamata Banerjee

    I have spoken to all the DMs on Cyclone Yaas. I will stay in Nabanna tonight. I will monitor the situation closely: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.

  • May 25, 2021 03:24 PM IST

    East Midnapore fishermen claim Cyclone Yass affecting livelihoods

    East Midnapore fishermen claim Cyclone Yass affecting livelihoods.

    We have eight trawlers here. Though it’s not in our hands to avoid cyclone, a bit earlier preparation can save us from this. Whole fishery business has been affected by Cyclone Yaas: Kamal Kanti, a fisherman.

  • May 25, 2021 02:13 PM IST

    Red alert issued for 4 Odisha districts

    Ahead the predicted May 26 landfall of cyclone Yaas in coastal areas of the Odisha, the state on Tuesday issued a red alert warning for Kendrapara, Bhadrak, Jagatsinghpur and Balasore districts, which are likely to be affected with heavy rainfall.

  • May 25, 2021 01:23 PM IST

    Yaas likely to make landfall near Odisha's Dhamra Port: IMD

    Severe cyclonic storm 'Yaas' is likely to make landfall near Dhamra Port in Odisha's Bhadrak district early on Wednesday morning, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.

  • May 25, 2021 01:13 PM IST

    NDRF earmarks highest-ever number of teams for Odisha, WB

    The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has earmarked its highest-ever number of teams for deployment in Odisha and West Bengal as part of its preparations for the impending cyclone Yaas, a senior officer said on Tuesday.

  • May 25, 2021 12:48 PM IST

    Our teams are continuously engaged in the evacuation of people from vulnerable areas: NDRF

    Our teams are continuously engaged in the evacuation of people from vulnerable areas. Medical teams will also be visiting the cyclone shelters: Assistant Commandant, 2nd Battalion-NDRF, at Digha.

  • May 25, 2021 12:46 PM IST

    People living in low-lying and vulnerable areas have started moving to the multipurpose cyclone shelter

    People living in low-lying and vulnerable areas have started moving to the multipurpose cyclone shelter at Digha, East Midnapore, in view of Cyclone Yaas.

  • May 25, 2021 12:30 PM IST

    Sea turns rough at Paradip

    Sea turns rough at Paradip ahead of Cyclone Yaas landfall

  • May 25, 2021 11:58 AM IST

    Indian Navy ramps up preparations, deploys rescue, relief teams

    With Cyclone Yaas predicted to make landfall on the eastern coast on May 26 and likely to hit parts of Odisha and West Bengal, the Indian Navy on Tuesday said it has ramped up rescue and relief operations to minimise damages.

  • May 25, 2021 11:39 AM IST

    Calcutta high court cancels all matters listed for May 26-27

    With West Bengal bracing up for Cyclonic storm Yass, Calcutta high court has informed that it has canceled the hearing of all matters listed for May 26 and 27, in view of the warning issued by India Meteorological Department (IMD) for the cyclonic storm.

  • May 25, 2021 11:14 AM IST

    Cyclone Yaas would continue to move north-north-westwards: IMD

    Would continue to move north-north-westwards, intensify further and reach Northwest Bay of Bengal near north Odisha and West Bengal coasts very close to Chandbali-Dhamra port by the early morning of Wednesday: IMD

  • May 25, 2021 11:12 AM IST

    Yaas very likely to move north-north-westwards, intensify further into a Very Severe Cyclonic Storm during next 12 hours

    Yaas very likely to move north-north-westwards, intensify further into a Very Severe Cyclonic Storm during next 12 hours: IMD

  • May 25, 2021 11:09 AM IST

    Expecting wind speeds of 150-160 kmph gusting 180kmph over Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapara, Bhadrak and Balasore tomorrow

    We are expecting wind speeds of 150-160 kmph gusting 180kmph over Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapara, Bhadrak and Balasore tomorrow as landfall is expected by noon. We have issued the highest danger warning for Dhamra and Paradip ports, said IMD Bhubaneswar, Odisha.

  • May 25, 2021 11:08 AM IST

    Extremely heavy rainfall warning issued for Kendrapara, Bhadrak, Jagatsinghpur, Balasore for today and tomorrow

    Red alert -extremely heavy rainfall warning issued for Kendrapara, Bhadrak, Jagatsinghpur, Balasore for today and tomorrow. Orange alert- heavy to very heavy rainfall expected in Mayurbhanj, Jajpur, Cuttack, Khorda and Puri today: IMD Bhubaneswar.

  • May 25, 2021 10:53 AM IST

    Odisha CM directs state's home minister to monitor situation

    In view of the expected landfall of cyclone Yaas at Balasore coast, Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik has directed the state's home minister to reach Balasore today and remain there to monitor the situation.

  • May 25, 2021 10:36 AM IST

    Locals evacuated to shelter homes in Odisha's Jagatsinghpur

    With impending very severe cyclonic storm Yaas predicted to make landfall on the Odisha-West Bengal border on the eastern coast of the country, the district administration evacuated locals from their homes to shelter homes in Jagatsinghpur district.

  • May 25, 2021 10:06 AM IST

    Andhra CM directs officials to take all necessary steps to face Cyclone Yaas

    Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy has directed the officials concerned to take all necessary steps to face the Yaas Cyclonic storm.

  • May 25, 2021 09:53 AM IST

    Rahul Gandhi asks Congress workers to provide all help in ensuring safety of people

    Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday appealed to party workers to provide all assistance in ensuring the safety of the people who would be impacted by Cyclone Yaas.

  • May 25, 2021 09:33 AM IST

    Cyclone Yaas to intensify into 'very severe cyclonic storm' in next 12 hours: IMD

    The Met Department on Tuesday said that Cyclone Yaas is going to intensity into a 'very severe cyclonic storm' in the next 12 hours.

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