After the super cyclonic storm, Tauktae took 155 lives in Western India merely a week ago, another cyclone struck the country’s east coast. Cyclone ‘Yass’ forcing over 1.5 million people to evacuate in India, hit the states of Odisha and West Bengal on Wednesday. Local media says the cyclone completed a landfall gusting up to 140 kmph, leaving 3 people dead in West Bengal and 2 in Odisha. Digha is one of the worst affected seaside towns which has been swamped by four-meter-high waves. The cyclone damaged around 20,000 mud houses, breached a few embankments, and also flooded some river islands. The low-lying areas of the two eastern states are now inundated and heavy downpours are likely to continue. Rescue operations are on the run in both the states by 115 teams of India’s National Disaster Response Force (NDRF). Another 50 rescue teams have been sent to Andhra Pradesh, Jharkhand, and Tamil Nadu states of the east coast since they are probable to be affected. Officials are concerned since the emergency may further complicate the covid situation in the country, which has already killed over 300,000 people in India.
The cyclone after changing course also hit coastal areas of southern Bangladesh, leaving around 200,000 people stranded. 14 districts of the coastal belt got submerged including crop fields and shrimp farms. At least 4 people have been reported to be killed as of Thursday. Among the dead 2 were children, who died from drowning. Bangladesh Navy with its warships and helicopters is monitoring the affected area for a fast rescue operation. According to the local media, the Sundarbans and Saint Martins Islands are likely to be affected by the cyclone.
The Bay of Bengal is accustomed to formulating some of the worst kinds of cyclonic storms. Amphan, the first-ever super cyclone formed in the Bay of Bengal, killed hundreds in India and Bangladesh last year. Meteorologists hold the high sea surface temperature (SST) of the Bay of Bengal responsible for causing deadly cyclones in the region.
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