The review meeting snowballed into a political controversy after Mamata Banerjee personally met Prime Minister Narendra Modi before the meeting and submitted a copy of the damages caused by the cyclone to him.
The water-level in the upper stream of Subarnarekha at Jamshola Ghat in West Bengal-Odisha border touched the danger-level at around 9 pm yesterday.
The situation at Similipal was brought under control by swift relief and restoration works taken up on war footing by the concerned district administration, NDRF personnel, forest and fire services departments.
A very severe cyclonic storm Yaas pounded the coastal districts in north Odisha when it hit the coast around 9 AM on Wednesday. Several low lying areas were inundated and trees uprooted amid the storm surge. Apprehensive of an extensive damage, the Odisha government had evacuated over six lakh people from low-lying and vulnerable areas of north coastal and adjoining districts, which has reportedly ensured zero casualty in the calamity. After the landfall process was complete, immediate road clearance was done by NDRF, ODRAF and police personnel for restoration of normalcy. Here are some pictures of the devastation and the post cyclone restoration works carried out in all the affected areas.
Earlier today the well known cyclone prediction centre has made a forecast that Cyclone Yaas will be making landfall near Bhitarkanika National Park.
Cyclone Yaas is likely to make landfall a few kilometres north of Dhamra region on May 26 morning.
Dhamra, the likely landfall place of Cyclone Yaas, is experiencing scattered rainfall since yesterday and wind speed is gradually increasing.
The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has earmarked its highest-ever number of teams for deployment in Odisha and West Bengal as part of its preparations for the impending cyclone Yaas, a senior officer said on Tuesday.
Cyclonic storm Yaas is likely to make landfall near Balasore.
With cylonic storm Yaas expected to cross Odisha-West Bengal near Balasore, its effects are already visible in the coastal areas of the state.
Ahead of the landfall of the cyclonic storm Yaas between Odisha and West Bengal coast on May 26th, the regional centre of India Meteorological Centre (IMD) on Sunday (May 23) issued red and yellow warning for several coastal districts in the state, wherein heavy rainfall and thunderstorms will be witnessed.
Keeping in mind a possible rush in markets in the wake of an approaching cyclonic storm "Yaas', the Odisha government has allowed grocery shops, OMFED booths and shops dealing with food and essential items, vegetables, fish, meat & egg to open between 7 AM and 1 PM on Monday (May 24) and Tuesday (May 25).
The deep depression over Eastcentral Bay of Bengal which lay centred about 540 km south-southeast of Paradip and 650 km south-southeast of Balasore last night, has intensified into a Cyclonic Storm this morning.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday directed all senior officers to work in close co-ordination with states to ensure the safe evacuation of people from high-risk areas in the wake of cyclone Yaas and instructed all concerned departments to ensure timely evacuation of those involved in off-shore activities.
The structure of Cyclone Yaas is made so that its disastrous impact will be felt in the sea and then on landfall place. Eastern and southern part of Yaas packed with knocking downwind and intense clouds.