Cyclone Citron intensifies; heavy rain in northeast Bangladesh, high wind warning; disaster managers airlifted to Tripura – Flying Journals

Cyclone was located 520 km south of Sagar Island in Bangladesh this morning

Kolkata, Guwahati:

The Meteorological Department forecasts heavy rain and strong winds in West Bengal and the northeast as Cyclone Storm ‘Sitrang’ strengthens and moves towards Bangladesh.

An Indian Air Force (IAF) aircraft carrying 69 National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) personnel landed in Agartala today. A total of 119 NDRF personnel will be deployed in Tripura to respond to any possible consequences of the hurricane.

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An Indian Air Force plane airlifts 69 NRF personnel to Agartala today

According to the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD), the cyclone was concentrated 300 kilometers south and southeast of Sagar Island in Bangladesh at 11.30am today.

According to IMD, the cyclone could intensify into a severe cyclonic storm early tomorrow morning and pass the coast of Bangladesh between Tinkona Island and Sandwip near Barisal.

The Meteorological Department has issued a warning for maritime activity along the coast of Bangladesh for today and tomorrow. These areas are North and South 24 Parganas and Purba Medinipur.

“As the cyclone storm engulfs the West-Central Bay of Bengal and the adjoining East-Central Bay of Bengal and is likely to escalate into a severe cyclonic storm, fishermen are advised not to venture out to sea until October 25, 2022,” the IMD statement said.

The Meteorological Department’s advisory predicts major damage to thatched cottages and minor impacts on roads and waterlogging in the affected areas.


A total of 119 National Disaster Relief Force personnel will be deployed in Tripura

The government has deployed civilian security forces to protect the banks of South 24 Parganas and is making arrangements to move people along the banks to safer areas.

The Meteorological Service also forecast heavy rain and strong winds in the northeast.

Tripura is likely to be the worst affected area, with up to 200mm of rain expected in 24 hours, IMD said.

Tripura, Meghalaya and Assam have issued “red alert” and Mizoram, Nagaland, Manipur and Arunachal Pradesh have issued “orange alert”. The Bureau of Meteorology said wind gusts of up to 60 kilometers per hour were expected in Tripura and Mizoram.

The Tripura government has ordered all educational institutions to close until October 26 and has allowed all government employees to work from home, except emergency service workers.

According to the IMD Regional Weather Centre in Guwahati, squally winds of 40-50 km/h and gusts of 60 km/h are possible today in Mizoram and Tripura.

It further warned that winds over Tripura could reach 50-60km/h tomorrow, with gusts up to 70km/h. Mizoram, southern Assam and adjoining eastern Meghalaya and Manipur are likely to experience winds of up to 55 km/h and gusts of 65 km/h tomorrow.

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