Cyclone Yaas has now intensified into a very severe cyclonic storm. West Bengal and Odisha have evacuated over 20 lakh people from the coastal area to safer zone. While West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee claimed about 11 lakh were evacuated, the Odisha government said close to 10 lakh people were moved. Kolkata, which continues to shudder at the memories of destruction left behind by cyclone Amphan last year, breathed a sigh of relief after the Met department declared the landfall site to be about 300km away in Odisha. While spells of heavy rainfall and wind at the speed of 60-70kmph have been predicted in Kolkata, a number of districts like East Midnapore — which is closest to Balasore — West Midnapore, South 24 Parganas, Howrah and Hooghly are likely to be hit.
May 26, 2021, 10:27AM ISTSource: TOI.in