As Odisha is set to face its 2nd super cyclone in 21 years in face of ‘Amphan’ the state departments have huge responsibilities. The cyclone which intensified into super cyclone would hit the coast of Bengal on Wednesday. The Indian Metrological Department has predicted destructively high winds as the cyclone hits.
The local authorities have to evacuate around 60,000 people from the coastal areas to the interiors. The Odisha government has said that it is prepared to evacuate 11 lakh to 12 lakh people. Not only Odisha but the neighboring country of Bangladesh is also left with evacuating 18 lakh people as the cyclone approaches.
As per IMD wind speed reaching 200-210 gusting to 230 kmph is likely to prevail over northern parts of central Bay of Bengal and adjoining North Bay of Bengal from the evening of today.
The cyclone is expected to make a landfall between Digha in West Bengal and Hatiya Islands in Bangladesh on Wednesday evening. Amphan is likely to move towards West Bengal and weaken into an extremely severe cyclonic storm. IMD has issued an orange alert for coastal West Bengal and Odisha, where widespread damage is expected.