Just a week after India experienced the strongest tropical cyclone (Cyclone Tauktae) to ever hit their west coast, a new tropical cyclone is set to hit northeast India. Cyclone Yaas is rapidly intensifying in the Bay of Bengal, and threatens Odisha and West Bengal with damaging winds and rain, and a storm surge of up to three metres.
Ahead of cyclone Yaas landfall, the Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International (NSCBI) Airport in Kolkata suspended all flight operations between 8.30am and 7.45pm on Wednesday.
“In view of the weather warning by @Indiametdept over #CycloneYaas, flight operations at #KolkataAirport will be suspended from 0830 IST upto 1945 IST on 26.05.2021.We sincerely apologise for the inconvenience caused. @AAI_Official, @MoCA_GoI, @HardeepSPuri, @HomeBengal #Yaas,” Kolkata Airport’s official handle informed via a tweet. Airliner IndiGo also in a tweet said that due to the cyclone its flight operations will be impacted.
Cyclone Yaas is expected to make its landfall near Dhamra Port in Odisha’s Bhadrak district. Yaas is likely to have windspeeds of 155 kmph to 165 kmph, gusting to 185 kmph, according to India Meteorological Department’s (IMD) bulletin.
This is a developing story. Stay with us for further updates.
Source : BBC | Photo : Shutterstock
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