The 'Very Severe Cyclonic Storm Yaas' began its landfall process in north of Dhamra and south of Balasore district at 9 AM on Wednesday, as informed by the India Meteorological Department. Odisha Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) Pradeep Jena, also informed through twitter that the landfall process will take around 3-4 hours to complete. SRC also stated that the maximum impact of the landfall will be felt in Balasore and Bhadrak districts. Sources said that the wind speed is currently between 130 - 140 kilometres per hour with gusts up to 150 kilometres per hour. Additionally, Mayurbhanj district will also experience wind speed up to 100 kilometres per hour or more once the cyclone moves further up.
SRC, Odisha, Pradeep Jena said, Yaas had started its landfall around 9 AM. Landfall has begun in the north of Dhamra, below Balasore, somewhere near the bordering areas of Remuna & Sadar blocks. It's been half an hour since the landfall process had begun between Remuna and Bahanaga & Sadar blocks of Balasore. This process will continue for 3-4 hours. We hope that the process is completed before 1 PM. From what we can ascertain now, the wind speed is around 130 - 140 kilometres per hour and will enter Mayurbhanj district after passing through Balasore district. After reaching Mayurbhanj district, the wind speed could be around 100 kilometres per hour or even slightly more. Due to this cyclone, in many areas of north Odisha, heavy to severe rainfall has been witnessed. The highest rainfall was recorded at Baripada in Mayurbhanj district at around 304 mm. At Bhadrak's Chandbali, 228 mm, at Kendrapada's Rajnagar, the rainfall was recorded at 275 mm and at Jagatsinghpur the rainfall was recorded at 271 mm. In this way, in 36 places of our state, around 110 - 304 mm of rain was recorded. Similarly, in 37 places of our state, rainfall between 50 - 100 mm was recorded. Therefore today, considerable amount of rainfall was recorded. In all the places with heavy rainfall, in north coastal Odisha particularly in Balasore and Bhadrak districts, especially in places where the water level has increased adjoining the coast; high level of flooding has been observed. On the right side of the Cyclone's path, more flooding would be observed, whereas on the left, it would be lesser. Also the wind's velocity will be higher at the right side. Therefore, from 9 AM, till it crosses Balasore district, it will take around 5- 6 hours. Therefore, by 3 PM, in Balasore and Bhadrak districts, maximum effect of the cyclone will be observed. Mostly in these two districts. After that, by today afternoon, the wind speed will increase at Mayurbhanj district and rainfall is likely to be witnessed. When it goes towards Mayurbhanj district, then around midnight or after that, the cyclone will enter Jharkhand and leave Odisha. This cyclone will reach Jharkhand after midnight today.
Published: Diptiranjita Patra
Last updated: 26 May 2021, 11:56 AM IST
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