20 May 2020
Bhubaneswar: While cyclone Amphan has triggered incessant rains accompanied by gusty winds in different parts of coastal Odisha, no damages to life and property have been reported so far, Chief Secretary Asit Tripathy said.
The next six hours till 2 pm will be critical as the cyclone moves closer to Odisha coast and runs parallel to the stretch spanning Paradip, Bhogarai and Balasore, said Tripathy in his first briefing on the severe cyclone Amphan today morning.
From 10 am to 6 pm in the evening today (Wednesday, 20th May 2020), the cyclone will have maximum impact on Odisha. As a result of this, rainfall and wind speed will increase.
The cyclone is 120 kilometres south-east and travelling at 23 kmph northward. The path of the system has been as per the IMD's update so far.
So far, 1.20 lakh persons have been evacuated in Odisha. Most of them are those who stay in 'Kutcha' houses. These people have been shifted to cyclone shelters, said Tripathy
"On the basis of different models, we are closely monitoring the cyclone. The next 6 to 7 hours will be important. However, no major disruptions or damages have been reported so far," Tripathy said.
The wind speed might increase as the cyclone moves parallel to Paradip and moves northwards. Once, the system moves further north, the wind speed and rainfall will reduce subsequently, he said.