Kohima, May 21 (NE): The Nagaland State Disaster Management Authority (NSDMA), Home Department in coordination with the IMD, Regional Office Guwahati issued weather updates with regard to Cyclone ‘AMPHAN’.
The Super Cyclonic Storm ‘AMPHAN’ over Northwest Bay of Bengal moved North-northeastwards with a speed of 22 kmph during past 06 hours and lay centered at 08:30 hours IST on May 20, 2020 as an Extremely Severe Cyclonic Storm over Northwest Bay of Bengal near latitude 19.8°N and longitude 87.7°E, about 120 km east-southeast of Paradip (Odisha), 200 km south of Digha (West Bengal) and 360 km southwest of Khepupara (Bangladesh).
It said that the cyclone is now centred over Bangladesh and it will have no adverse impact over West Bengal and Odisha, as per a national media report.
The cyclone made landfall in eastern India, near the Bangladeshi border, on Wednesday, May 20. Though the worst of the storm has likely passed, flash floods could still pose problems in the coming days, said a report.
By today, May 21,2020, it is expected to reach lower Assam adjoining Meghalaya and west Arunachal. Heavy rains are also expected over Sikkim, Sub Himalayan West Bengal, lower Assam Meghalaya and Arunachal Pradesh. Nagaland will not have any adverse affect due to the cyclone. However, normal rain and thundershowers will continue for few days particularly evening/night. Rain/Thundershowers activity will be intense from May 25, 2020 onwards and last 5 days, May 27 – 31, 2020 which may become heavier. Thunder squalls with severe lightening are also expected during this period, the NSDMA said.
In view of the uncertainty associated with forecasted tracks of any cyclonic system and the likelihood of heavy rainfall in the region, it would be prudent for all the DDMAs and the other line departments who are responsible to attend to any emergencies caused by natural calamities to be prepared. Through this press release, NSDMA, Home Department, has also advised the public to undertake precautionary measures in anticipation of likely heavy rainfall and strong winds.