The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) issued a cyclone warning with Odisha and West Bengal in its crosshairs, that Cyclone Amphan is likely to become a super cyclone in 12 hours. Cyclone Amphan intensfied into a severe cyclonic storm over the Bay of Bengal after gaining strength, thus increasing the possibility of heavy rain and high-velocity wind in the areas that have been put on alert.
IMD on Monday afternoon tweeted, “Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to hold a ‘high-level’ meeting at 4 a.m. tonight to examine the readiness.”
Pradeep Jena, Special Relief Commissioner of Odisha told ANI, “As this year we are facing the coronavirus threat, we cannot have infrastructure where people can be crammed into during cyclone. Keeping in mind the social distancing norms, a number of large temporary shelters with basic amenities have been identified to be used during the cyclone. These are basically school and college buildings. Keeping mind the lockdown norms, a number of large temporary shelters have been identified in the state.”
Union Home Minister Amit Shah tweeted. “To review the current cyclone situation in different parts of the world, PM narendramodi ji will lead a high-level meeting with MHA & NDMA today at 4 p.m.”
A few other southern states were also affected by bad weather as a result of the storm. ‘Very heavy rain alert’ has been released for Odisha, West Bengal, Sikkim and Meghalaya until this Thursday. The Meteorological Department has warned fishermen in Odisha and 12 other districts near Puri coast and have advised them not to move north of The Bay of Bengal and off-coast of Odisha-West Bengal as on May 18. The Indian Coast Guards have also been prepared for contingency rescue operations.