Cyclone Amphan: PM Modi to chair high-level meeting with MHA, NDMA today

PM Modi (file image)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will chair a high-level meeting on Monday with the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) and the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) at 4 PM, to review the arising situations surrounding Cyclone Amphan in parts of the country.

Cyclone Amphan in the Bay of Bengal has intensified into an extremely severe cyclonic storm at 2:30 am on Monday, it is expected to further intensify into a super cyclonic storm in the next 12 hours, said Mrutyunjaya Mohapatra, India Meteorological Department (IMD) Director-General.

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Speaking to ANI, Mohapatra said, “It will move towards north-northeast direction and cross Digha (West Bengal)-Hathiya island (Bangladesh) on the afternoon/evening of May 20 with a wind speed of 155-165 kmph.”

The IMD has issued a rainfall warning for the next four days in the light of very severe cyclonic storm Amphan, for isolated places over the districts of Gajapati, Ganjam, Puri, Jagatsinghpur and Kendrapara. Rainfall is likely to commence from the evening of May 18.

(With ANI inputs)

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