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Intensity of severe cyclonic storms increased in past 4 decades, say scientists

Scientists pointed out that global warming has a role to play in bringing about the increasing trend

A man takes pictures as waves lash over onto a damaged shoreline during Cyclone Yaas. (AFP)
A man takes pictures as waves lash over onto a damaged shoreline during Cyclone Yaas. (AFP)
Published on Jul 29, 2021 04:16 PM IST
Written by Shankhyaneel Sarkar | Edited by Avik Roy, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

50% applications for cyclone Yaas relief in Bengal binned as 'bogus': Report

The state government last month received 381,774 applications at the camps set up under its Duare Tran (relief at doorstep) programme for cyclone Yaas, the official said.

West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee takes stock of the damage caused by Cyclone Yaas, in Digha on May 28. (File photo)
West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee takes stock of the damage caused by Cyclone Yaas, in Digha on May 28. (File photo)
Published on Jul 04, 2021 05:51 PM IST
By | Written by Deepali Sharma | Edited by Poulomi Ghosh, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Cyclone Yaas: Central team returns after review

Earlier PM Narendra Modi had announced financial assistance of ₹1,000 crore for Odisha, West Bengal and Jharkhand.

Cyclone Yaas coincided with the perigean spring tide and the resulting storm surge devastated the 3 coastal districts in Bengal and the Sunderban delta.
Cyclone Yaas coincided with the perigean spring tide and the resulting storm surge devastated the 3 coastal districts in Bengal and the Sunderban delta.
Published on Jun 10, 2021 12:10 AM IST
By, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Central teams visit Yaas-hit Bengal, Odisha

In Odisha, an interministerial team led by joint secretary, home affairs, Sunil Kumar Barnwal toured Bhadrak and Balasore for on-the-spot assessment of damages.

On May 26, Yaas hit the coast between Balasore and Bhadrak districts with a sustained wind speed of 130-140kmph, gusting up to 155kmph.
On May 26, Yaas hit the coast between Balasore and Bhadrak districts with a sustained wind speed of 130-140kmph, gusting up to 155kmph.
Updated on Jun 08, 2021 12:19 AM IST
ByDebabrata Mohanty, , Kolkata/bhubaneswar, Hindustan Times

News updates from HT: Building collapse in Bandra kills 1, injures 5

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Rescue and relief work underway after a portion of a four-storey building collapsed on another house, at Rajjak Chawl in Kherwadi, Bandra (east) in Mumbai, Monday, June 7, 2021. (PTI)
Rescue and relief work underway after a portion of a four-storey building collapsed on another house, at Rajjak Chawl in Kherwadi, Bandra (east) in Mumbai, Monday, June 7, 2021. (PTI)
Published on Jun 07, 2021 12:59 PM IST
By, New Delhi

MHA team visits Bengal to assess cyclone damage

The very severe cyclone Yaas made landfall in Odisha on May 26 and affected a large part of the state as well as West Bengal.

The West Bengal chief minister had said, as per initial assessment, the cyclone had led to damage of an estimated <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>20,000 crore to property and agriculture.(PTI)
The West Bengal chief minister had said, as per initial assessment, the cyclone had led to damage of an estimated 20,000 crore to property and agriculture.(PTI)
Published on Jun 07, 2021 01:26 AM IST
Agencies | , New Delhi/kolkata

Central team to visit Bengal to assess damage after Cyclone Yaas

The three-member team, headed by joint secretary SK Shashi, will also hold meetings with the officials of disaster management and finance departments in Nabanna, the state secretariat on June 9.

A damaged house in the aftermath of Cyclone Yaas at Ghoramara Island in Sundarban Delta complex of the Bay of Bengal.(PTI)
A damaged house in the aftermath of Cyclone Yaas at Ghoramara Island in Sundarban Delta complex of the Bay of Bengal.(PTI)
Published on Jun 06, 2021 04:34 PM IST
By | Written by Deepali Sharma | Edited by Meenakshi Ray, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Central team to arrive in Bengal to review damage caused by cyclone Yaas

The seven-member team is scheduled to complete its assessment in three days and leave for Delhi on June 9.

People walk through a damaged shoreline after Cyclone Yaas hit India's eastern coast in the Bay of Bengal, at a beach in Shankarpur, some 180 km from Kolkata on May 27.
People walk through a damaged shoreline after Cyclone Yaas hit India's eastern coast in the Bay of Bengal, at a beach in Shankarpur, some 180 km from Kolkata on May 27.
Updated on Jun 05, 2021 12:05 PM IST
PTI |

Kolkata's Durga Puja organisers in aid of cyclone-affected people

Forum for Durgotsab, an umbrella organisation of 500 puja committees, provided relief materials to the people of Sandeshkhali.

The materials included tarpaulins, mosquito nets, food items and drinking water.
The materials included tarpaulins, mosquito nets, food items and drinking water.
Published on Jun 04, 2021 05:19 PM IST
PTI | , Kolkata

Bengal ex-chief secy responds to Centre notice

State officials told PTI that Bandyopadhyay argued that he left the Cyclone Yaas review meeting as per the directive of chief minister Mamata Banerjee and went to another meeting in Digha, a resort town in Purba Medinipur district that was ravaged by the powerful storm.

WB CM Mamata Banerjee with state chief secretary Alapan Bandyopadhyay during a meeting, in Kolkata. (PTI Photo)
WB CM Mamata Banerjee with state chief secretary Alapan Bandyopadhyay during a meeting, in Kolkata. (PTI Photo)
Updated on Jun 04, 2021 02:47 AM IST
By, Hindustan Times, Kolkata

Ex-Bengal chief secretary Alapan Bandyopadhyay responds to Centre’s notice

Former Bengal chief secretary Alapan Bandopadhyay was appointed special adviser by chief minister Mamata Banerjee after he retired from service.

Alapan Bandopadhyay decided to retire from the Indian Administrative Service rather than serve the additional three months extension granted to him after the Centre abruptly transferred him to New Delhi
Alapan Bandopadhyay decided to retire from the Indian Administrative Service rather than serve the additional three months extension granted to him after the Centre abruptly transferred him to New Delhi
Updated on Jun 03, 2021 08:45 PM IST
By, Hindustan Times, Kolkata

News updates from HT: Children face cyber sexual abuse as classes go online

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When a 14-year-old girl’s parents in Delhi’s Shahdara district bought her a mobile phone last year to facilitate her online classes, a result of the restrictions imposed on schools to curb the spread of the pandemic, little did they realise the possible social media abuse she may be subjected to.(AP File Photo)
When a 14-year-old girl’s parents in Delhi’s Shahdara district bought her a mobile phone last year to facilitate her online classes, a result of the restrictions imposed on schools to curb the spread of the pandemic, little did they realise the possible social media abuse she may be subjected to.(AP File Photo)
Updated on May 31, 2021 01:10 PM IST
By, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Need to revisit growth path amid climate crisis

Our model till date has prevented loss of life and help impacted persons to rebuild. India cannot afford this anymore, because we will be hit by more frequent, more severe cyclones in the coming years.

Yaas and Tauktae won’t be the last cyclones to maraud us as climate change intensifies. We have been dealt an unfair hand, but we must face it. (PTI)
Yaas and Tauktae won’t be the last cyclones to maraud us as climate change intensifies. We have been dealt an unfair hand, but we must face it. (PTI)
Published on May 31, 2021 03:00 AM IST
By, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Mamata targets Modi over ‘vendetta politics’

West Bengal CM says insulted with fake news over PM’s review meet, urges government to withdraw order on chief secretary.

Chief minister Mamata Banerjee inspects areas damaged after Cyclone Yaas, in Digha.(PTI)
Chief minister Mamata Banerjee inspects areas damaged after Cyclone Yaas, in Digha.(PTI)
Updated on May 30, 2021 12:22 AM IST
By, Hindustan Times, Kolkata

'Resorting to lies': Suvendu Adhikari hits out at Mamata over meeting row

Suvendu, a former Trinamool Congress leader, also said that he invited to Friday’s review meeting as the leader of opposition in Bengal assembly and MLA of cyclone-hit Nandigram area.

Suvendu Adhikari criticised her in a series of tweets on Friday after Mamata Banerjee skipped the review meeting chaired by the Prime Minister, (ANI Photo)
Suvendu Adhikari criticised her in a series of tweets on Friday after Mamata Banerjee skipped the review meeting chaired by the Prime Minister, (ANI Photo)
Published on May 29, 2021 05:57 PM IST
By | Written by Meenakshi Ray, New Delhi

‘Is it because we have won by a landslide?’: Mamata asks BJP

Mamata said that she along with her newly-elected government and the people of Bengal have been humiliated by the BJP.

West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee addresses a press conference at Nabanna in Kolkata. (ANI Photo)
West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee addresses a press conference at Nabanna in Kolkata. (ANI Photo)
Published on May 29, 2021 03:31 PM IST
By, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

'So much fuss?': Mahua Moitra's dig at row over Mamata-Modi cyclone review meet

BJP leaders, chief ministers condemned Mamata Banerjee's decision to skip the meeting shortly after which the Centre recalled chief secretary Alapan Bandyopadhyay.

Mamata Banerjee said an administrative meeting was scheduled in Digha, but still she went to Kalaikunda for PM Modi's meeting. (PTI)
Mamata Banerjee said an administrative meeting was scheduled in Digha, but still she went to Kalaikunda for PM Modi's meeting. (PTI)
Published on May 29, 2021 10:45 AM IST
By | Edited by Poulomi Ghosh

Navy amps up relief efforts at cyclone affected areas in Odisha

Helicopters from the four naval ships anchored off Bhadrak's Dhamra port were also mobilised to supply 1,500 food provision packets to the Indian Navy's relief team deployed at ITR Balasore for distribution.

Indian Coast Guard personnel carry out rescue and relief works during landfall process of Cyclone Yaas in Odisha, Wednesday, May 26, 2021. (PTI)
Indian Coast Guard personnel carry out rescue and relief works during landfall process of Cyclone Yaas in Odisha, Wednesday, May 26, 2021. (PTI)
Published on May 29, 2021 06:52 AM IST
ANI | , Balasore

Drama as Didi hands report at PM meet, leaves

Centre has also asked Bengal chief secy to report to Delhi, a move called ‘vindictive’ by TMC.

PM Modi on an aerial tour of the cyclone-hit areas on Friday.
PM Modi on an aerial tour of the cyclone-hit areas on Friday.
Updated on May 29, 2021 02:21 AM IST
By, Debabrata Mohanty, Hindustan Times, Kolkata, Bhubaneswar

Centre transfers Bengal chief secretary to Delhi, sets up faceoff with Mamata

Centre orders Bengal chief secretary to report to Delhi after row over Cyclone Yaas review meeting

Chief minister of West Bengal Mamata Banerjee with Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar and state secretary Alapan Bandopadhyay (R) at a control room for Cyclone Yaas at State Secretariat building Nabanna in Kolkata. (HT Photo)
Chief minister of West Bengal Mamata Banerjee with Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar and state secretary Alapan Bandopadhyay (R) at a control room for Cyclone Yaas at State Secretariat building Nabanna in Kolkata. (HT Photo)
Published on May 28, 2021 10:45 PM IST
By, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Cyclone Yaas: State begins damage assessment, CM orders probe in bridge collapse

Incessant rains triggered by cyclone Yaas for past two days caused heavy damage in the state. Hundreds of people were displaced after their houses were damaged, while and thousands of acres of vegetable crops were also destroyed.

Weather improved in Jharkhand on Friday with the depression moving out of the state.
Weather improved in Jharkhand on Friday with the depression moving out of the state.
Updated on May 29, 2021 12:02 PM IST
By, Ranchi

Mamata skips Yaas review meet with PM Modi, Nadda hits out at ‘petty politics'

Mamata Banerjee said she could not attend the review meeting with Prime Minister Modi as she was scheduled to meet with officials in another area of the state.

BJP’s national president Jagat Prakash Nadda hit out at Mamata Banerjee after she missed a meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi to review the impact of Cyclone Yaas. (ANI Photo)
BJP’s national president Jagat Prakash Nadda hit out at Mamata Banerjee after she missed a meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi to review the impact of Cyclone Yaas. (ANI Photo)
Published on May 28, 2021 07:04 PM IST
By | Written by Meenakshi Ray, New Delhi

‘Took his permission’: Mamata on skipping Yaas review meeting with PM Modi

Banerjee sought ₹30,000 crore for redevelopment of areas which were damaged by the cyclone.

Mamata Banerjee met PM Modi for a short period of time on Friday citing she had to meet other state officials regarding cyclone Yaas. The last time both leaders met was during the Parakram divas celebrations on the occasion of the 125th birth anniversary of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose at Victoria Memorial Hall In january. ( Samir Jana / Hindustan Times File Photo)
Mamata Banerjee met PM Modi for a short period of time on Friday citing she had to meet other state officials regarding cyclone Yaas. The last time both leaders met was during the Parakram divas celebrations on the occasion of the 125th birth anniversary of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose at Victoria Memorial Hall In january. ( Samir Jana / Hindustan Times File Photo)
Published on May 28, 2021 05:57 PM IST
By, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

PM Modi reviews Cyclone Yaas’ impact, announces 200,000 ex gratia to victims

Prime Minister Modi undertook an aerial survey in parts of Odisha and West Bengal to review the situation in the wake of Cyclone Yaas, the PMO also said.

Earlier in the day, PM Modi held a review meeting with Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik and other officials of the state administrations to assess the impact of Cyclone Yaas.(PMO/Twitter)
Earlier in the day, PM Modi held a review meeting with Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik and other officials of the state administrations to assess the impact of Cyclone Yaas.(PMO/Twitter)
Updated on May 28, 2021 05:00 PM IST
By | Written by Susmita Pakrasi, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Red alert for east UP, Bihar, Bengal and Sikkim; heavy rains predicted

Cyclone Yaas, packing winds gusting to 145kmph pounded parts of India’s eastern coast on Wednesday.

Damaged house and uprooted trees are seen in the aftermath of Cyclone Yaas in West Bengal's North 24 Parganas.(ANI Photo)
Damaged house and uprooted trees are seen in the aftermath of Cyclone Yaas in West Bengal's North 24 Parganas.(ANI Photo)
Published on May 28, 2021 02:00 PM IST
By | Written by Meenakshi Ray, New Delhi

PM Modi meets Odisha CM Patnaik, reviews post Cyclone Yaas damages

The Prime Minister was received by Governor Ganeshi Lal, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, Union Ministers Dharmendra Pradhan and Pratap Sarangi at the Biju Patnaik International Airport here.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi.(ANI)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi.(ANI)
Published on May 28, 2021 12:00 PM IST
PTI | , Bhubaneswar

Remnant of Cyclone Yaas moves away, weakens into a low pressure area

Cyclone Yaas, second to ravage the western coast of India in a week after Cyclone Taukate, impacted Odisha and West Bengal the most.

A woman stands next to her stall damaged by heavy winds due to Cyclone Yaas in Odisha's Balasore district.(Rupak De Chowdhuri / REUTERS)
A woman stands next to her stall damaged by heavy winds due to Cyclone Yaas in Odisha's Balasore district.(Rupak De Chowdhuri / REUTERS)
Updated on May 28, 2021 09:07 AM IST
Written by Prashasti Singh, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Cyclone Yaas: PM Modi to visit Odisha, West Bengal to assess impact

On Thursday too, the PM chaired a meeting over the impact of the cyclone and advised officials to ensure that normal life of people is back on track at the earliest.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will on Friday assess the damage caused by Cyclone Yaas in the states affected by it.(PTI Photo)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will on Friday assess the damage caused by Cyclone Yaas in the states affected by it.(PTI Photo)
Published on May 28, 2021 06:29 AM IST
Written by Prashasti Singh, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Cyclone Tauktae is a warning for India’s west coast

Climate scientists, including those at IMD, also suggest that the Arabian Sea might see a higher increase in the intensity of cyclones, if not the number, than the Bay of Bengal in the future.

Not only are cyclones relatively uncommon in the Arabian Sea, Tauktae also intensified rapidly. (PTI)
Not only are cyclones relatively uncommon in the Arabian Sea, Tauktae also intensified rapidly. (PTI)
Updated on May 28, 2021 06:38 AM IST
ByAbhishek Jha, Jayashree Nandi, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

PM takes stock of Yaas damage, may conduct aerial survey today

The cyclone didn’t inflict any major damage except causing a huge amount of rain in Mayurbhanj, Keonjhar, Balasore and Bhadrak districts in Odisha. The state government is yet to assess any damage caused by rain.

At the meeting, Modi advised the various central and state agencies to ensure that normal life is restored in the affected areas at the earliest. (ANI)
At the meeting, Modi advised the various central and state agencies to ensure that normal life is restored in the affected areas at the earliest. (ANI)
Updated on May 28, 2021 01:23 AM IST
By, Hindustan Times, Kolkata, Bhubaneswar, Ranchi
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