The India Meteorological Department (IMD) said on Saturday that heavy rains are likely in many parts of West Bengal as a cyclone alert has been issued for Odisha and Andhra Pradesh. The Meteorological Department said that a depression has deepened over northeast and adjoining east-central Bay of Bengal, which may further intensify into a cyclonic storm ‘Cyclone Rose’. It may also move towards South Odisha and North Andhra Pradesh.
Under its influence, heavy rains have been predicted in many parts of West Bengal, including Kolkata, East Midnapore, North 24 Parganas and South 24 Parganas, the IMD said.
In view of the alert of IMD, Kolkata Police has opened a control room named ‘Unified Command Center’. All police stations and divisions in the region have been asked to be on high alert as heavy rains are likely in Kolkata and other parts of West Bengal. All police stations have been asked to keep gumboots and other equipment ready to deal with any untoward incident arising out of the storm.
Meanwhile, in view of the cyclone alert in Andhra Pradesh and Odisha, preparations are also going on in the coastal areas of West Bengal. The IMD said that light to moderate rain has been predicted at most places with heavy rain at isolated places over Odisha and Coastal Andhra Pradesh on Saturday.
The deep depression was centered 510 km east-southeast of Gopalpur and 590 km east of Kalingapatnam in Andhra Pradesh early Saturday.
The IMD said, “It is very likely to intensify into a cyclonic storm in the next 12 hours. It is very likely to move westwards and cross north Andhra Pradesh and south Odisha coasts between Visakhapatnam and Gopalpur around Kalingapatnam by the evening of 26 September. could.”