The low-pressure area turned into a depression on Saturday. With cyclone Sitrang likely to form by October 24, the West Bengal and Odisha governments have been gearing up to avert possible damage.
The low-pressure area turned into a depression on Saturday.
By India Today Web Desk: A low-pressure area hovering over the north Andaman sea and adjoining south Andaman sea concentrated into a depression on Saturday morning, the IMD said in its bulletin.
The depression, around 1460 km south-southeast of West Bengal’s Sagar Island, is expected to transform into a cyclonic storm by October 24.
Later, on October 25, it would batter through the Bangladesh coast, between Tinkona Island and Sandwip.
Yesterday’s LPA over north Andaman Sea and adjoining south Andaman Sea & SE BoB concentrated into a depression at 0830 IST today and lay near Lat 12.7N and long 92.4E, about 110 km NNW of Port Blair. Likely to intensify further into a Deep Depression by 23rd October morning. pic.twitter.com/nGBkW7NVxF
— India Meteorological Department (@Indiametdept) October 22, 2022
The Odisha and West Bengal governments have buckled up for heavy rainfall prompted by cyclone Sitrang – a name proposed by Thailand.
The West Bengal government has been evacuating people from low-lying areas in several districts to avert possible damage due to the cyclone.
Odisha’s Revenue and Disaster Management Minister Pramila Mallick said personnel of the fire service department, the ODRAF and NDRF are on standby for any emergency.
“Leaves of all district magistrates, SPs and emergency department workers have been cancelled as a part of the preparedness for the possible cyclone,” PTI quoted a senior official in West Bengal as saying.
(With input from agencies)
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