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Cyclone ‘Yaas’ may impact three northeastern states

Cyclone ‘Yaas’ is expected to make landfall in three northeastern states – Assam, Meghalaya, and Sikkim – on May 26-27, IMD officials said on Monday.

Officials with the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said that the strength of rain is determined by the passage of cyclones.

In a post, Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma stated: “Cyclone ‘YAAS’ is expected to make landfall in the (northeastern) area on 26-27 May.” Hon’ble UHM Amit Shah called and inquired about Assam, Sikkim, and Meghalaya’s preparedness.

“I have been informed that emergency services have been activated. We are appreciative of the Hon’ble UHM’s continued concern for the area.”

Dilip Saha, IMD Director in Tripura, said that light to moderate rain is likely in a number of northeastern states.

“In a few locations throughout the country, heavy rain is possible. However, the rainfall and wind intensity of Cyclone ‘Yaas’ would be determined by the storm’s power and path,” Saha told IANS.

Meanwhile, in response to the IMD’s new advisory, eight teams from Guwahati’s National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) were airlifted to Odisha for search and rescue operations. According to NDRF 1st Battalion Commandant H.P.S. Kandari, the Odisha government has demanded more than 50 NDRF teams, while the West Bengal government has requested 35. In addition to the battalions deployed in these areas, teams from NDRF battalions in Assam and Bihar are being airlifted to Odisha and West Bengal.

The teams, totaling 200 personnel, were airlifted from Guwahati’s Lokapriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport to Bhubaneswar’s Biju Patnaik International Airport by Indian Air Force transport aircraft. These teams are fitted with flood rescue aircraft, collapse search devices, and other specialized rescue equipment.

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Written by Ankur J Kakoti

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