Cyclone Yaas is approaching the Odisha coast and as an effect, many places in coastal Odisha has seen a cloudy sky from today (24.05.2021) afternoon.
The low-pressure or depression in the Bay of Bengal has turned into precipitation yesterday and today has turned into a cyclone. The cyclone Yaas will hit the coast on the morning of the 26th. As predicted by MET will make landfall near Balasore in the middle of Paradip-Sagar Island.
The MET department has released a press note regarding Yaas, citing that in the coming 12 hours, the cyclone will be converted to a severe cyclonic storm and in 24 hours it will turn into a Very severe cyclonic storm.
The cyclone is currently at 520 KM South-Southeast pf Paradip and 620 KM South-Southeast.
Preparations are underway by the state government to deal with the cyclone Yaas and the aftermath. “We have to deal with two dangers at once,” Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik told state residents.
“Even if the storm is not new to us, we have to be careful,” he said. He further added, “Last year we faced a cyclone during Covid. Slight negligence can pose a great danger to us. However, the government is fully prepared to deal with the storm. At this point, your cooperation is necessary. The government is fully prepared for the storm.”
The Chief Minister said that 4 crores Odias are his family. He further said “The safety of my family is my top priority. Our job is to get people to safe places.”
The chief minister urged everyone to move to a safe house or a safe place. Help the administration deal with the cyclone.
“The nation is currently going through a difficult time. While our fight against Covid continues, the storm has posed a challenge to us at this time. We have to deal with two big risks at the same time. We faced cyclone Amphan during Covid last year. So the cyclone is not new to Odisha. Still, we have to be careful,” he said.
The Chief Minister also requested that you wear two masks at the same time, wherever you are, in a wind shelter or a permanent home. In the current situation, wearing two, not one mask is very important for our health. Double mask will cover double risk. He also asked people of Odisha to wash their hands with soap and sanitizer.
“We need to be more vigilant during the storm and after the storm,” he said. Seeing the need, he said, he has instructed collectors to provide masks to people through the Mission Shakti group.
“Odisha has always done a good job in the face of natural disasters,” he said. Once again, the Chief Minister is confident that the people of Odisha will all work together to fight these two dangers and win, he said.
As per predictions, the four districts of Balasore, Bhadrak, Kendrapara and Jagatsinghpur districts of the state will be most affected by the cyclone. The Bhubaneswar Regional Meteorological Department has forecast the storm to touch the ground near Balasore. NDRF and ODRAF have been sent to these areas to deal with the situation. The Navy and the Air Force are also on alert to help the state in any manner to fight cyclone Yaas.