Cyclone Amphan Landfall Live Updates: As cyclone Amphan, packed with howling winds and triggering rains in several parts of West Bengal and Odisha, moved towards the Indian shores ahead of its landfall on Wednesday afternoon, the two state government evacuated lakhs living in vulnerable areas and shifted them to shelters. Ahead of cyclone Amphan’s landfall between Digha (West Bengal) and Hatiya Islands (Bangladesh), West Bengal and Odisha were put on a high alert.
While West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said the state has evacuated three lakh people from the coastal areas, Odisha shifted one lakh people to cyclone shelters. Forty-one teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), including seven reserves, have been deployed in the two states. However, the officials have said that Odisha is in a state of readiness to evacuate around 11 lakh people living in vulnerable areas and shifting them to shelters ahead of cyclone Amphan’s landfall.
The IMD has advised people to remain at home as cyclone Amphan has the potential to cause extensive damage in the coastal districts. The storm could destroy standing crops, damage mud, and thatch houses, and disrupt power lines in coastal districts of the two states. Ahead and during the landfall of cyclone Amphan, IMD has forecast strong winds and rainfall in North and South 24 Parganas, East and West Midnapore, Kolkata, Howrah and Hooghly districts of West Bengal. Stay with IndiaToday.in to catch cyclone Amphan live news updates.