Bengal gears up as Super Cyclone Amphan advances towards the Bengal coast:
Bengal gears up for Super Cyclone Amphan. With the raging cyclone advancing towards the Bengal coast with an intensity of about 165-175 KMPH, district administrations are taking all necessary actions to ensure minimum damage to life and property.
South 24 Parganas
One of the five districts expected to be hit hard by super cyclone Amphan, district administration is taking all safety measures to combat yet another danger to human and animal lives and property.
Nearly 40 thousand Villagers have been shifted from all areas near rivers. The district administration is conducting meetings from time to time with all related departments to monitor the situation.
NDRF teams have been deployed.
The Sundarbans which is home to the Royal Bengal Tiger and a world heritage site lies in this district, while some part of it falls under the North 24 Parganas district. It is also the place that had undergone massive damage and destruction due to Cyclone Aila in 2009.
With the advancing super cyclone Amphan, thousands of people have been evacuated to relief centers by NDRF and the Sundarban Safari resort team.
A large number of people live in kaccha houses beside rivers. During high tides the water level tends to rise to 6 to 7 ft above the ground level posing their lives in danger.
The district administration is also conducting continuous miking to alert the people of the upcoming danger.
The Regional Weather Forecasting Centre tweeted “Cyclone Amphan approaches India’s east coast to hit Odisha & W.Bengal over Sunderbans, worst cyclone in last 20 yrs.”
Cyclone Amphan approaches India's east coast to hit Odisha & W.Bengal over Sunderbans, worst cyclone in last 20 yrs. Watch an exhaustive interview with Dr M Mohapatra, DG of IMD. He spoke to Pallava Bagla on May 19 @Indiametdept @IMDWeather Link: https://t.co/cfksl0ZDim
— RWFC New Delhi (@RWFC_ND) May 20, 2020
North 24 Parganas
People living in the Sundarban area in Basirhat are panic-stricken as the cyclone advances. Fishing activities have been stopped and fishermen asked to return from rivers and seashores to the safety of the land.
The North 24 Parganas district administration and Basirhat Sub-divisional administration are all geared up with necessary precautionary measures as required to deal with the situation as the cyclone nears.
NDRF and SDRF teams have been deployed in the Sub-Division. Food and relief materials including PPEs, and other safety equipment are stocked in adequate quantities for Coronavirus pandemic.
57 flood shelters, 63 multipurpose cyclone shelters, and more than 500 government buildings such as schools and other centers have been identified to be used for the purpose. Around 20,000 people have already been shifted to these cyclone shelters, with the evacuation process still going on.
The relief shelters have been cleaned, and equipped with proper electricity supply, water supply, generator backup, and food arrangements.
Control rooms have been constituted in every block to constantly monitor the cyclone situation and to alert and help people stay safe and alert.