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‘Yas’ can turn into a severe cyclonic storm, may wreak havoc in Bengal and Odisha

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On Saturday, a low-pressure area formed over the Bay of East Central Bengal could turn into a severe cyclonic storm and on May 26, it could turn towards West Bengal, the northern region of Odisha and the coasts of Bangladesh. This information is given by the regional meteorological department.

Regional Meteorological Department Director G. K. Das said that by the evening of May 26, the storm could cross the coasts of both states and neighboring countries. He said that during this time, on the afternoon of 26 May, wind speed could remain between 90 and 100 km per hour on the coast of West Bengal, Odisha and Bangladesh.

A Defense Department spokesman said that the Indian Navy has kept its ships and aircraft ready so that assistance can be provided to the affected areas. Das said that light to moderate rainfall may occur at most places along the Ganges in West Bengal. He said heavy rain is likely at some places on 27 May.

The Meteorological Department said that very high waves could rise in the sea along the Bay of Bengal and on the coasts of Odisha, West Bengal and Bangladesh. Fishermen have been advised not to venture into the sea from May 23 until further notice.

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Apart from its four warships, the Indian Navy has also deployed several aircraft to deal with the potential threat of cyclonic storm ‘Yas’ in the Bay of Bengal.

The Navy said that in addition to eight flood relief and rescue teams, four teams of divers have been sent to Odisha and West Bengal to deal with the possible threat of the storm.

The Navy said in a statement, “Naval aircraft have been kept ready at INS Dega in Visakhapatnam to conduct an aerial survey of the storm-hit areas, while INS Rajali near Chennai has been kept ready. Apart from conducting relief and rescue operations, relief material will also be distributed through them.

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