Thursday, July 29, 2021

Cyclone Yaas makes landfall in Balasore, triggers heavy damage

Four killed in Odisha, one in Bengal; many areas inundated.

The ‘Very Severe Cyclonic Storm’ Yaas that made landfall south of Balasore in Odisha on Wednesday tore into the bordering areas of West Bengal and Odisha and weakened right into a cyclonic storm, forsaking a path of destruction in its wake on the japanese coast.

Five individuals had been killed — 4 in Odisha and one in West Bengal.


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West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee mentioned one crore folks had been affected and about 15 lakh folks had been evacuated and housed in shelters.

National Disaster Response Force and Army personnel joined the rescue and reduction operations.

In Odisha, 128 villages in Balasore and Bhadrak districts had been inundated following seawater ingression. The cyclone induced intensive damage to energy transmission strains in coastal areas. Hundreds of thatched homes had been ravaged.

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Yaas battered the tree cowl whereas passing by way of Balasore and Mayurbhanj districts. Thousands of massive timber had been uprooted.

According to the India Meteorological Department, the storm crossed the north Odisha coast about 20 km south of Balasore between 10.30 a.m. and 11.30 a.m. with estimated wind speeds of 130-140 kmph. The cyclone hit the coast with far much less depth than what was predicted.

By afternoon, the cyclonic storm moved away from Balasore and entered Mayurbhanj district, triggering heavy rain. The system is predicted to enter Jharkhand as a cyclone.

6.5 lakh evacuated

In Odisha, coastal districts of Balasore, Bhadrak, Kendrapara and Jagatsinghpur and northern Mayurbhanj district had been affected. The State had already evacuated about 6.5 lakh folks, together with 1.52 lakh in Balasore, 1.20 lakh in Bhadrak and 1 lakh in Mayurbhanj district.

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Special Relief Commissioner Pradeep Kumar Jena mentioned the extent of damage was being assessed. Collectors of Balasore and Keonjhar had confirmed two deaths, he mentioned.

As predicted by the IMD, tidal surge was noticed above 4 metres in Balasore and Bhadrak.

“Inundation was reported in the Dhamra area of Bhadrak district and Bahanaga, Remuna, Baliapal and Balasore town of Balasore district. People had cut roads at several places to discharge water. The embankments would be repaired soon,” mentioned Mr. Jena.

CM’s directive

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik introduced seven days of reduction for all households of 128 marooned villages and directed restoration of all main roads and 80% restoration of electrical energy provide in affected districts in 24 hours.

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According to Mr. Jena, 295 roads out of 305 belonging to the Public Works Department and 200 out of 300 roads of the Rural Development division had been restored by night.

The Similipal Biosphere in Mayurbhanj obtained 146 mm of rain. According to the IMD, heavy to very heavy rainfall has been predicted at a couple of locations over Balasore, Bhadrak, Jajpur, Kendrapada, Jagatsinghpur, Cuttack, Mayurbhanj, Keonjhar and Dhenkanal, with remoted extraordinarily heavy fall very more likely to happen over the districts of Jajpur, Mayurbhanj, Keonjhar and Dhenkanal on Thursday.


Houses broken

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee mentioned three lakh homes had been broken as a result of cyclonic storrm.

Large components of Digha, Tajpur and Haldia city in Purba Medinipur district (district bordering Odisha) together with a number of areas in the Sunderbans had been inundated. Experts and the Chief Minister mentioned the mixed results of the total moon tide and the cyclone led to breaching of embankments in South 24 Parganas and Purba Medinipur districts. Ms. Banerjee mentioned there have been experiences of breach of embankments at 134 locations in the State.

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“There has been extensive damage to agriculture due to ingress of saline water. Allied sectors such as fisheries, horticulture have suffered damage, but we will be able to estimate the complete situation in 72 hours,” she mentioned, conserving a watch on the cyclone from the administration headquarters Nabanna for 2 days in a row.

Several villages in the coastal areas of West Bengal’s South 24 Parganas district, together with Namkhana, Kakdwip, Frasergunj, Dhankhali, Sandeshkhali lay submerged. At Sagar Island, seawater reached the Kapil Muni temple, a couple of hundred metres away from the coast. The rural areas of Purba Medinipur district in Nandigram and Contai had been waterlogged.

In Howrah, a number of villages had been submerged in the Amta and Shyampur areas. After the cyclone, folks had been seen wading by way of deep water carrying youngsters and cattle to safer locations.

Power provide

While the damage was much less and Kolkata was largely spared by the cyclone influence on this event, roofs of resorts had been blown off, timber had been uprooted, and big waves swept over the coastal areas. Meanwhile, the State authorities has suggested energy distribution firms to droop provide in waterlogged areas.

One demise was reported in Purba Medinipur because of unintended drowning, when a villager, rescued by the administration, went fishing in the course of the cyclone. Ms. Banerjee thanked the folks for cooperating with “one of the biggest evacuations” carried out in a span of some days. She additionally urged folks residing in areas near the river to stay alert throughout excessive tide.

According to the State authorities, folks had been housed at 4,000 flood centres.

The IMD had predicted heavy rainfall at remoted locations over West Midnapore, Jhargram, Bankura, Purulia, East Medinipur and West Burdwan districts together with squally winds of 70-80 kmph gusting to 90 kmph over Jhargram, West Midnapore, Bankura, Purulia and West Burdwan districts.

During the day, together with the State administration, greater than 35 groups of the National Disaster Response Force helped in rescuing folks stranded in waterlogged areas of Purba Medinipur and South 24 Parganas. Seventeen columns of the Army, deployed in 10 districts of the State, additionally lent a hand in rescue work.

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