As it moves north into the Bay of Bengal, the cyclone, dubbed Yaas, is likely to reach the states of West Bengal and Odisha on Wednesday.
A severe cyclone is brewing off the east coast of India, the nation’s meteorological office has warned, as the death toll rose due to a huge storm that wreaked havoc west of the nation affected by the coronavirus last week.
Moving north into the Bay of Bengal, the depression formed to form a cyclone (which would be called Yaas) before intensifying and hitting the states of West Bengal and Odisha on Wednesday, the Department said. Meteorological of India.
The storm could soak winds of up to 165 kilometers (100 miles) per hour, reaching occasional highs of up to 185 kilometers per hour by mid-Wednesday as a “very severe cyclonic storm,” the third worst category, the department said Sunday.
He also warned of storms up to four meters high in coastal areas.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Sunday that he had chaired a meeting on the approaching storm, with military and disaster teams deployed to help with preparations and possible rescue operations.
Cyclone Yaas will arrive shortly after Cyclone Tauktae, India’s first major tropical storm this season, which ravaged the western state of Gujarat last Monday.
The death toll from the storm rose to at least 140 on Sunday, with 70 bodies recovered after the cyclone attacked an oil rig off Bombay and several support vessels, the navy said.
About 600 people were rescued by the Navy, but five remain missing in an accommodation barge for oil workers that was ripped from the storm’s anchorages and sank.
“Search and rescue operations for ships and helicopters / planes will continue in the area to locate the rest of the crew of the sunken ships,” the navy said in a statement Sunday.
India’s neighbor Bangladesh, which borders West Bengal, said it was watching Yaas.
“All boats and trawlers have been ordered to approach the shore as a precautionary measure. Tomorrow (Monday) we will have a better idea of where it is headed,” he told the Agency News AFP Bangladesh Meteorological Department Senior Weather Forecast Bazlur Rashid.
Scientists say cyclones in the densely populated region, which are currently emerging from a deadly wave of COVID-19 infections, are becoming more frequent and stronger as climate change leads to higher sea temperatures. .
Last May, more than 110 people died after Amphan, “Supercyclone,” devastated eastern India and Bangladesh, flattening villages, destroying farms and leaving millions of electricity.