Kolkata/Bhubaneshwar: In the view of Cyclone Yaas, which has now intensified into ‘extreme cyclonic storm’, West Bengal’s Kolkata airport will shut operations from 8:30 am on Wednesday until 7:45 pm because the storm is most probably to make a landfall between Dhamra Port and Balasore on the Odisha coast at midday.
According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD), Cyclone Yaas is anticipated to hit the japanese coast with wind velocity of as much as 185 km per hour and also will cross Bengal.
The IMD additionally issued a red-coded warning alert to the Odisha and West Bengal coasts.
“Flight operations at the Kolkatas NSCBI airport here will be suspended from 8.30 am to 7.45 pm owing to the weather warning on Wednesday,” the Airports Authority of India mentioned.
Meanwhile, Bhubaneshwars Biju Patnaik International airport too will stay shut from 11 pm Tuesday until 5 am on Thursday. The South Eastern Railways has additionally cancelled a number of trains.
Civil aviation operations at Port Blair airport of Andaman and Nicobar Islands was suspended on Tuesday as a result of inclement climate circumstances unleashed by Cyclone Yaas.
According to Airports Authority of India, the flights operations at Bhubaneswar, Kolkata, Jharsuguda and Durgapur airport are more likely to be impacted by the cyclone. Besides, Ranchi, Patna, Raipur, Jamshedpur, Bagdogra, Cooch Behar, Vizag and Rajahmundry airports have been instructed to be on alert in case the cyclonic winds change path.
As per West Bengal Chief Minister, the state has achieved all essential preparations to sort out the storm which is anticipated to impact at the very least 20 districts. Bengal authorities has to date evacuated over 11 lakh folks and shifted them to safer locations.
The Odisha authorities, then again, mentioned it has moved over three lakh folks from susceptible coastal areas to security.
In Bengal, over 74,000 officers and employees and over 2 lakh policemen and civic volunteers have been deployed to mitigate the pure calamity in West Bengal. Teams of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) too have been deployed.
In Odisha, 4 coastal districts of Kendrapara, Jagatsinghpur, Bhadrak and Balasore are within the high-risk zone, whereas the influence of ‘Yaas’ will even be felt in Mayurbhanj, Keonjhar, Sundergarh, Dhenkanal, Angul, and elements of Puri and Khurda districts.
404 rescue groups together with 52 from the NDRF, 60 from the Odisha Disaster Rapid Action Force (ODRAF), 205 Fire service groups and 86 teams of tree-cutters have been deployed within the susceptible districts.
Other states akin to Andhra Pradesh, Andaman & Nicobar Island, Jharkhand and Bihar have additionally put administration to excessive vigil and ordered officers to stay alert to cope with the calamity.