Odisha Gears Up To Evacuate Over 11 Lakh People As Cyclonic Storm Amphan Heads Towards Its 12 Coastal Districts
Odisha Plans To Evacuate Over 11 Lakh People In 12 Districts As Cyclone Amphan Intensifies In Bay Of BengalCyclone Amphan (Pic via Anand Ranganathan)

Amid the COVID-19 crisis, the State of Odisha is gearing up to carry out a massive evacuation of over 11 lakh people as it prepares to sustain the powerful cyclonic storm Amphan headed towards its low-lying coastal regions, reports Hindustan Times.

The State Government is yet to give the plan a final go ahead for implementation as it is awaiting the latest forecast of the Indian Meterological Department on the re-curve of the strong storm which is likely to intensify further into an extremely severe cyclonic storm.

The storm is also expected to move northwards slowly and the re-curve north-northeastwards and move fast across the northwest Bay of Bengal and cross West Bengal-Bangladesh coasts between Digha in India and Hatiya Islands in Bangladesh on the evening of 20 May.

Presently the storm lies over the central parts of the South Bay of Bengal which is about 960 kilometres afar from Odisha's Paradip and about 1,110 kilometres south south-west of Digha.

While 12 districts of Odisha are set to be affected by the storm, four districts of Balasore, Bhadrak, Jagatsinghpur and Kendrapara are particularly vulnerable. The State Government has already prepared the plans to evacuate over 11 lakh people to 542 unused cyclone shelters and 1,072 additional buildings. It should be noted that while the 12 districts have a total of 809 cyclone shelters, many are presently being used as quarantine centres.

An Appeal...

Dear Reader,

As you are no doubt aware, Swarajya is a media product that is directly dependent on support from its readers in the form of subscriptions. We do not have the muscle and backing of a large media conglomerate nor are we playing for the large advertisement sweep-stake.

Our business model is you and your subscription. And in challenging times like these, we need your support now more than ever.

We deliver over 10 - 15 high quality articles with expert insights and views. From 7AM in the morning to 10PM late night we operate to ensure you, the reader, get to see what is just right.

Becoming a Patron or a subscriber for as little as Rs 1200/year is the best way you can support our efforts.

Become A Patron
Become A Subscriber