Cyclone Amphan to reach Kolkata by 7 pm: IMD



The First arm of Cyclone Amphan has touched land. It is approaching Digha in West Bengal. The process which began at 2:30 pm will continue for four hours and will hit Kolkata, later in the evening, according to the Indian Meteorological Department.

Addressing a press briefing, IMD chief Mrutyunjay Mohapatra said the eye of cyclone is expected to touch land anytime now.  “The intensity of the cyclone near its centre as the landfall process started was recorded at 160-170 kmph, gusting to 190 kmph,” it said.

Heavy rain and gale wind have affected several districts in the Gangetic West Bengal since morning and the intensity of the downpour and wind increased gradually with every passing hour. The extremely severe cyclonic storm lay at 106 km south-southeast of Paradip, Odisha, 95 km south of Digha, West Bengal at 4:30 pm on Wednesday. Lakhs of people in West Bengal and Odisha have been evacuated from vulnerable areas and shifted to safer locations.

Earlier on Tuesday, NDRF chief SN Pradhan in a media briefing said that a total of 41 teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) have been deployed in West Bengal and Odisha to deal with any emergency situation arising out of Super Cyclone Amphan. IMD Director General Mrutyunjay Mohapatra said since the super cyclone is gradually weakening, its impact is unlikely to be very severe on Odisha.