A "Red Alert" or "post-landfall outlook" signifies likely direction of movement of the cyclone after its landfall and adverse weather likely to be experienced in the interior areas.
Odisha and Bengal have been put on a "Yellow" alert by the weather office.
In Odisha, 17 teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) were on duty. The state, which was hit by Cyclone Fani last year, had made arrangements to shift 11 lakh people from vulnerable areas.
The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) had enhanced its strength to a total of 37 teams, with the addition of 20 more, to combat the dual challenge of Cyclone Amphan and the Coronavirus pandemic. 37 teams were been deployed by NDRF in West Bengal and Odisha, out of which 20 teams were actively deployed and 17 were on standby in the two states.
The situation was critical in 12 coastal districts: Ganjam, Gajapti, Puri, Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapara, Bhadrak, Balasore, Mayurbhanj, Jajpur, Cuttack, Khurda, and Nayagarh.
AMPHAN was a CYCLONE with wind speed ranging from 200 kmph to 265 kmph over the sea. At the time of landfall on May 20 afternoon/evening, the wind speed was 155-165 kmph gusting to 185kmph. Cyclone Amphan was likely to have a wind speed of up to 185 km per hour on Wednesday, the Union Home Ministry had updated.
This is for the first time that the Odisha is dealing with a pandemic and a natural disaster. As we had given more priority to Covid-19, we needed more buildings to be used as cyclone shelters.
I am doing this crowdfunding as per my limitations for Ghoramara island, Botkhali, and Jharkhali, a few of those most affected areas in Sundarban delta, West Bengal, India, to provide food, mainly rice, pulse, mustard oil, soap, salt, vegetable and basic medicines to cope with waterborne disease. At present we need dry food, Polyethene, Infant/Baby food, Torch or emergency light or solar light, candle, Match-Box, drinking water, etc. as an urgent and immediate help at the affected locations.
So, I request you to help them with this severe condition. It is urgent and much needed. I do request you to contribute as per your capacity.
I hope all of you have seen the effect of devastating Amphan cyclone that is much more powerful than 2009's Aila. The Gangetic delta is facing the same every year like last year's two consecutive cyclones Fani and Bulbul, now this time Amphan. I hope you people feel the need and urgency.
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