Cyclone Yaas | Odisha releases lockout standards as deep depression intensifies
Odisha’s government on May 24 eased lockdown restrictions in 10 districts for two days due to looming very severe cyclonic storm Yaas.
“The deep low, which has remained virtually stationary over the east-central Bay of Bengal for the past six hours, intensified into cyclonic storm Yaas at 5.30am,” HR Biswas, director of the meteorological center of Bhubaneswar.
It was centered about 600 km north-northwest of Port Blair (Andaman Islands), 540 km south-southeast of Paradip (Odisha), 650 km south-southeast of Balasore (Odisha) and 630 km south-southeast of Digha (West Bengal), according to a bulletin from the Indian Meteorological Department.
It is very likely to move slowly north-northwest, further intensify into a severe cyclonic storm over the next 24 hours, and a very severe cyclonic storm over the next 24 hours, the bulletin reports.
IMD predicted that it would continue to move north-northwest, intensify further, and reach northwestern Bay of Bengal near the northern Odisha and West Bengal coasts from here May 26 early in the morning. It is very likely that it will cross the north coast of Odisha-West Bengal between Paradip and Sagar Islands around noon on May 26 in the form of a very severe cyclonic storm.
In order to give people more time to get essential items from markets during the lockdown before the impending cyclone hits the Odisha coast, the government has allowed stores to operate between 7 a.m. and 1 p.m. in 10 districts. Chief Secretary Suresh Chandra Mohapatra said in a notification.
People can get dairy and food products in districts such as Balasore, Bhadrak, Puri, Cuttack, Khordha, Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapara, Mayurbhanj, Keonjhar and Jajpur.