Cyclone Yaas Live Updates: Weather Office Says Severe Landfall To Continue Over Next 3-4 Hours

Cyclonic Storm Yaas updates, Odisha police carry elderly woman to cyclone shelter
Cyclonic Storm Yaas updates: The India Meteorological Department (IMD) said the ‘Very Severe Cyclonic Storm’ Yaas (pronounced as ‘Yass’) has made landfall close to the north of Dhamra port and south of Balasore district in Odisha at 9 am on Wednesday.

The location of the landfall is close to the coastal area of around 50 km of Balasore, an official said.  The wind speed during landfall was ranging between 140 and 155 km and the landfall can take several hours to complete, as per Doppler radar data.

According to officials, Yaas would cross Mayurbhanj and enter Jharkhand around midnight. Nine districts of Odisha state were issued high alert ahead of the landfall. As per the Indian Express report, the IMD said that the landfall process of Cyclone Yaas will take around three hours to complete.

The Odisha state appeared to be facing the brunt of Cyclone Yaas. Watch how the flooding destroyed lands in Bhadrak district here:

Cyclonic Storm Yaas updates: Heavy rainfall, thunderstorms predicted in Assam and Meghalaya

Yaas is powering across the Bay of Bengal and can cause large-scale damage in the eastern states of Odisha and West Bengal, and also Bangladesh, on Wednesday, IMD said. Officials also informed that in Odisha, they had suspended COVID-19 testing, vaccination and door-to-door health survey in many districts that lay directly in the storm’s path, Reuters reported.

In West Bengal, over nine lakh people from coastal districts have already been moved to safe shelters, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee told reporters. The Odisha government said it has moved over three lakh people from vulnerable areas to safety.

Yaas is the second storm to hit India within a week after Cyclone Tauktae. Last week, the rough winds and rains lashed at the Gujarat coast and left a devastating impact all over the western coast, causing mass evacuations and piling up the pressure on authorities trying to tackle a deadly second of coronavirus infections.

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