Super cyclone Amphan is gathering strength, Bengal coast & Odisha to witness her fury

Super Cyclone Amphan Is Gathering Strength - We The World Magazine
Image courtesy of India Met. Dept. via Twitter

The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) declared ‘Amphan’ (pronounced as UM-PUN) is now a super cyclone Amphan, as the massive whirlwind gained strength Monday afternoon over the Central and western Bay of Bengal. A super cyclone is the highest among IMD’s classification of cyclones.

Warnings have thereby been issued to Odhisa for very high-velocity winds (touching up to 200 km/ph) and heavy rainfall within 12 hours, followed by West Bengal’s coast.

Super Cyclone 'Amphan' approached Odhisa and West Bengal coast
Latest satellite image of the supercyclone in-the-making, taken on 4:30 PM, Monday, May 18th (image courtesy of IMD via Twitter)

This has prompted the Odhisa government to evacuate nearly 11 lakh people from vulnerable areas, according to media reports. Fishermen have been advised not to venture into seas until May 21st.

According to IMD, the ‘Amphan’ will cross West Bengal and Bangladesh as a ‘very severe cyclonic storm’ on May 20th. The Government of West Bengal led by Mamata Banerjee told the team is ready to take on the upcoming challenges. ‘Amphan’ is expected to make a landfall on West Bengal coming Wednesday, Times of India reports.

To address the growing concern, PM will chair a meeting with high-level officials concerned for taking the necessary actions. Officials from Kerela have recently reported heavy rainfall owing to the cyclone’s effects.



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As the country already fights the global outbreak of the novel coronavirus, the hazards of a super cyclone pose a dual challenge. The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has deployed a total number of 37 teams to combat the same.

Very high-velocity winds and rainfall is expected in the Bengal coast and Odhisa. According to ANI, North Odhisa will face most of the cyclone’s fury.

Super cyclone Amphan becomes the first of its kind to take shape in the Bay of Bengal, reportedly after 21 years. The last time was the Odhisa super cyclone in 1999.

(Cover image courtesy of Indian Meteorological Department via Twitter)