Severe cyclonic storm to hit Bengal, Odisha on May 20

NDRF personnel were deployed to West Bengal and Odisha on Sunday ahead of Cyclone Amphan’s landfall on May 20 officials said.

. The cyclone, according to an IMD report early Sunday, is developing into a severe cyclonic storm over the Bay of Bengal and can potentially become a very severe cyclonic storm in the next 24 hours, NDRF chief SN Pradhan said in New Delhi.

It is likely to cross West Bengal-Bangladesh coasts between Sagar Islands in West Bengal and Hatiya islands in Bangladesh between afternoon and evening of May 20 as a very severe cyclonic storm, Regional MeT Director in Kolkata G K Das said.

Odisha has made arrangements to shift 11 lakh people from vulnerable areas, Special Relief Commissioner P K Jena said. Twelve coastal districts are on high alert. 

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