New Delhi: West Bengal, Odisha, and Andhra Pradesh are bracing for Cyclone Jawad which is expected to cause heavy rainfall and strong winds in the regions On December 3 and 4. As many as 33 NDRF teams are being deployed to deal with the mayhem the cyclone might cause.
"We updated Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the weather for next 3 days, as per IMD. The Home Secretary then gave information on all arrangements. We've deployed 33 out of 62 teams in the affected regions today; reserved teams will be available nearby. The wind speed is expected to be 90-100 kmph," Atul Karwal, DG NDRF said.
The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has so far deployed eight teams in West Bengal -
two in Kolkata and one each in South 24 Parganas, North 24 Parganas, East Midnapore, West Midnapore, Hooghly, and Nadia.
NDRF will be deploying eight more teams by Thursday night.
Earlier in the day, PM Modi chaired a high-level meeting to review the preparedness of States and Central Ministries and concerned agencies to deal with the situation arising out of the likely formation of Cyclone Jawad.
The India Meteorological Department (IMD) said the formation of the cyclonic storm over the central Bay of Bengal will happen on December 3 and barrel towards the east coast.
It is expected to cross the Andhra Pradesh-Odisha coast around December 4. The storm, once developed, will be called Jawad.
A ‘yellow’ alert warning of heavy rainfall has been issued for Srikakulam, Vishakapatnam and Vijayanagara districts of Andhra Pradesh for December 3 and 4. ‘Orange’ alert, with likelihood of very heavy rainfall, has been issued over Puri, Gajapati, Ganjam, Khurda, Kendrapara, Bhadrak, Balasore, Cuttack and Nayagarh districts of Odisha on December 3 and 4.
Fishermen have been advised not to venture out and instead return to the coast with “immediate effect” between December 2 and 5.
The weather department has issued light to moderate rainfall at most places with heavy rainfall at isolated places over Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
As many as 95 trains passing over or originating from East Coast Railway have been cancelled keeping in mind the "safety of passengers" in view of cyclone Jawad threat in Odisha.
How is Cyclone Jawad named?
Read as Jowad, the Cyclone gets its name by Saudi Arabia. This will be the third cyclone storm towards the east coast this year. The earlier two were - Cyclone Yaas and Cyclone Gulab.