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Cyclone Strang: has crossed the Bay of Bengal and will reach the North East States by Diwali and a full Rain alert is n place

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The impact of Cyclone Sitrang’ was witnessed in Assam as well, with rain lashing different regions of the northeastern state.

Fishermen park their boats on the bank of the Ganga River, as a precautionary measure ahead of the landfall of Cyclone ‘Sitrang’, in Kolkata, Monday, October 24, 2022. 

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Monday said that Cyclone ‘Sitrang’ – named by Thailand, lay centered nearly 300km of Sagar Island in West Bengal’s South 24 Parganas district, and is expected to turn into a severe cyclonic storm before making landfall on Bangladesh coast between Tinkona Island and Sandwip in the wee hours of Tuesday (October 25). Several districts – primarily those constituting coastal areas, in both Bengal and Odisha are on high alert as the states brace for cyclone’s effects amid Diwali celebrations.

Multiple teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) have been deployed in Gangasagar, Diamond Harbour, Gosaba, and Kakdwip by the district administration owing to Cyclone Sitrang’.

CS SITRANG lay centered at 1130IST of today near lat 19.3N and long 89.5E about 300 km SSE of Sagar Island, likely to intensify into a severe cyclonic storm and cross Bangladesh coast between Tinkona Island and Sandwip close to Barisal around 25th October early hours. pic.twitter.com/VmPfpJkzzB

— India Meteorological Department (@Indiametdept) October 24, 2022

Canning district’s sub-divisional officer, A Zia, told the news agency ANI that they have made arrangements for medicines and ambulances. “We will ensure there are no movements on ferry ghats and there is the suspension of fishing activities. Integrated control rooms made to monitor the situation,” he was quoted as saying.


South 24 Parganas, WB | NDRF teams deployed at Gangasagar, Diamond Harbour, Kakdwip, Gosaba by the administration ahead of the Sitarang cyclone

Our team is on alert mode to carry out rescue operations: Sankar, NDRF Kolkata pic.twitter.com/k97ljAF5Va

— ANI (@ANI) October 24, 2022


S 24 Parganas, WB | We’ve made arrangements for medicines & ambulances. We’ll ensure there’s no movement on ferry ghats & there’s suspension of fishing activities. Integrated control rooms made to monitor situation. NDRF&SDRF teams deployed: A Zia, Sub-Divisional Officer, Canning pic.twitter.com/1lQ41Rmbfu

— ANI (@ANI) October 24, 2022

When ‘Sitrang’ reaches the severe cyclonic stage, heavy to very heavy rain with wind speed going to 90 to 100 mph, gusting to 110 km, is likely to happen in the coastal districts of Bengal – East Medinipur, South 24 Parganas, and North 24 Parganas. In Kolkata, the wind speed could reach up to 50 kmph.

Not just Bengal and Odisha, the impact of Cyclone Sitrang’ was felt in Assam as well this morning, with rain battering various parts of the northeastern state. Cachar, Dima Hasao, Hailakandi, and Karimgang are some of the areas that witnessed downpours since morning.

According to the latest bulletin by the IMD, all the northeastern states along with Odisha and Bengal will bear the brunt of ‘Strang’. Balasore and Vadrak districts of north coastal Odisha have been predicted to receive rainfall during the remaining part of the day, while in Bengal, heavy to very heavy rainfall is likely till Tuesday morning when Cyclone ‘Strang’ makes landfall. 

Cyclone storm is very dangerous, you need to avoid it, all of you people do not go to the seashore or on the banks of any river and protect yourself with your own hands and if possible, you are far away from the water and maintain security, create unity among yourself. Stay tuned and the rescue team will definitely go to you and there is no need to fear and alert has been issued for rain rain so you guys stay safe in your homes

Among the northeastern states, Arunachal Pradesh, northeast Assam, and Nagaland are likely to witness rainfall on October 26 as well, the IMD bulletin stated.




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