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Cyclone Yass, the second major storm to hit India after cyclone Tauktae, made landfall today in Odisha, the Meteorological Department said. According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD), the location of the landfall is north of Dhamra and south of Bahanaga, close to Bahanaga block, on the coast, around 50 km of Balasore.

The wind speed during the landfall of cyclone Yass was at 130-140 kmph, gusting to 155 kmph, as per Doppler radar data.

In West Bengal, the coastal areas in East Midnapore and South 24 Parganas were inundated owing to storm surge. The maximum wind speed in the coastal resort town of Digha in East Midnapore reached around 90 km per hour.

West Bengal, Odisha and Jharkhand aggressively evacuated over 12 lakh people on Tuesday due to cyclone Yass.

Cyclone Yass updates:

Cyclonic storm Yaas is likely to move further northwestwards and weaken gradually into a deep depression during next 3 hours over Jharkhand: IMD

Flight operations resume at Kolkata airport

Flight operations resumed from 6.30pm today at Kolkata's Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport after cyclone Yaas

Casualties reported from Odisha

Two casualties reported from Balasore & Keonjhar districts. Balasore & Bhadrak are the most affected districts. By tomorrow morning will know the extent of damage to power infrastructure. Supply of drinking water has resumed through tankers etc: Odisha Special Relief Commissioner

Biju Patnaik International Airport became operational for flights

Biju Patnaik International Airport, Bhubaneswar became operational for flights from 7:00pm on today. Earlier, it was to be shut till 5 am on May 27 due to cyclone Yaas: Director, Bhubaneswar Airport

Naveen Patnaik reviews post-cyclone situation

Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik reviews post-cyclone situation in the State, announces 7-day relief for all families of 128 marooned villages of the cyclone affected districts. Restoration of roads and power supply in affected districts to be done in next 24 hours: CMO

Rescue, clearing ops underway in cyclone Yaas-hit Odisha, West Bengal: NDRF

Rescue operations are underway in Odisha and West Bengal and teams are clearing a large number of uprooted electric poles and trees to keep roads open in these states which were hit by cyclone Yaas on Wednesday, a National Disaster Response Force official said.

The cyclone completed its landfall around noon packing strong winds and heavy rainfall along the Odisha coast and neighbouring areas of West Bengal.

Sea water inundates residential areas in coastal Bengal

Several roads adjoining the sea beaches in Bengal's Digha lay inundated, with some people seen wading through chest-deep water, as the tourist town and its adjoining places bore the brunt of Cyclone 'Yaas', which made its landfall in neighbouring Odisha on Wednesday morning.

Many areas in Purba Medinipur, of which Digha is a part, and South 24 Parganas were whiplashed by heavy rain, which accompanied the cyclonic storm.

Cyclone Yaas weakens after pounding Odisha-Bengal coasts

Yaas weakened into a severe cyclonic storm on Wednesday afternoon after pounding the beach towns in north Odisha and neighbouring West Bengal with a wind speed of 130-145 kmph, inundating the low-lying areas amid a storm surge even as the two eastern states battled the COVID crisis, officials said.

West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee to visit East Midnapore on May 28

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee holds review meeting with District Magistrates, Disaster Management Committee, and other officials in view of Cyclone Yaas, in Nabanna.

Bengal CM to visit cyclone-affected areas

We have sent relief worth 1 crore to areas affected by cyclone and high tide. Will visit areas affected by cyclone and high tide in Purba Medinipur, South and North 24 Parganas on Friday: Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee

15 lakh people evacuated in West Bengal

Over 15 lakh people evacuated, moved to safety. At least one crore people in Bengal affected by rough weather conditions, high tide arising out of Cyclone 'Yaas': CM Mamata Banerjee.

Landfall process completed

Cyclone Yaas has complete the process of landfall. Rainfall will continue till tomorrow. Fishermen are advised not to venture till tomorrow morning because the sea condition going to be rough: Umashankar Das, Senior Scientist, Meteorological Centre Bhubaneswar

Cyclone Yass to reach Jharkhand tomorrow

Jharkhand, which was put on high alert, continued evacuating low-lying areas on Wednesday amid the forecast that cyclone Yaas would be hitting the state by midnight after pounding neighbouring Odisha and West Bengal, officials said.

Cyclone Yaas pounded coastal towns in Odisha and neighbouring West Bengal as it hit the coast around 9 am with a wind speed of 130-140 kmph, inundating the low-lying areas amid a storm surge, officials said.

The wind speed during landfall was at 130-140 kmph, gusting to 155 kmph, as per Doppler radar data.

The wind will slow down by the evening and the cyclone is likely to leave Odisha for Jharkhand by midnight, said an official.

Odisha has shifted 5.8 lakh people to safer places, while West Bengal has moved 15 lakh people ahead of the cyclone.

Cyclone Yass inundates large parts of Bengal's coastal districts

Cyclone Yass have inundated large parts of West Bengal's coastal districts on Wednesday. The seaside towns of Digha and Mandarmoni in Purba Medinipur and Fraserganj and Gosaba in South 24 Parganas were among the affected areas.

Water levels of several rivers including Bidyadhari, Hooghly and Rupnarayan have risen owing to cyclone Yass.

Indian Army carries out rescue and relief operation in West Bengal

Indian Army carried out Rescue and Relief Operations in Howrah, West Bengal. The Army provided logistics and medical aid to the locals.

Watch video: Turbulent sea as cyclone Yass touches Odisha coast

Turbulent sea near Chandabali in Bhadrak district as cyclone Yass touches Odisha coast on Wednesday.

Cyclone Yass crosses north Odisha coast with wind speed gusting to 155 kmph: IMD

The IMD on Wednesday informed that the cyclone Yass crossed north Odisha coast about 20 km south of Balasore from 10:30 am to 11:30 am with wind speed of 130-140 kmph gusting to 155 kmph.

At 11:30, the cyclone moved northwestwards and centred over north coastal Odisha about 15 km south-southwest of Balasore, the weather department added.

Cyclone Yass destroys homes, forces airport closure

Cyclone Yass has destroyed tens of thousands of mud houses in West Bengal on Wednesday as it brought storm surges to coastal areas, Reuters reported.

West Bengal's chief minister, Mamata Banerjee, told reporters that about 20,000 mud houses and temporary shelters had been damaged in the state.

Besides, the state's Kolkata airport was closed to flights until Wednesday evening.

Odisha: Trees uprooted under the impact of cyclone Yass

Ahead of cyclone Yass, tress were uprooted at Madhuban in Paradip Port town of Odisha.

Indian Air Force airlifts 102 passengers ahead of Cyclone Yass

The Indian Air Force (IAF) on Wednesday airlifted 102 passengers and 4.5 tonnes of cargo ahead of cyclone Yass.

The operation was carried out with a C-130 and two An-32 aircraft. Another C-130 airlifted 62 passengers and 6.8 tonnes of cargo from Lilabari to Kolkata.

In addition, two IAF An-32 aircraft have been deployed for airlifting 41 passengers and 4 tonnes of cargo from Lilabari to Panagarh.

Watch video: Gusty wind, heavy rain in Odisha due to cyclone Yass

Gusty wind with heavy rain in Paradip as cyclone Yass approaches Odisha coast.

Cyclone Yass to reach Jharkhand tomorrow: IMD

Cyclone Yass is crossing Odisha border, south of Balasore, and will reach Jharkhand on Thursday morning, IMD DG Mrutyunjay Mohapatra said on Wednesday.

Mohapatra said cyclone Yass has caused heavy to extremely heavy rain in Odisha in past 24 hours. Besides, north and coastal Odisha are expected to receive heavy to extremely heavy rain today.

Moreover, West Bengal is also expected to receive heavy to very heavy rainfall in the isolated areas on Wednesday.

"Jharkhand will receive heavy to very heavy rainfall today and tomorrow with extremely heavy rainfall in isolated places," IMD's Mohapatra added.

He further informed that states like Bihar and Sikkim are expected to receive isolated heavy rainfall to very heavy rainfall on Wednesday and Thursday. "Assam and Meghalaya expected to receive isolated heavy rainfall today," he added.

Cyclone Yass: Chhatrapati Shivaji airport cancels flights between Mumbai to Bhubaneswar, Kolkata

Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport (CSMIA) has witnessed the cancellation of flights between Mumbai to Bhubaneswar and Kolkata due to cyclone Yass. Around six flights have been cancelled, so far. However, flights to other regions continue to operate on schedule, the Mumbai Airport PRO said on Wednesday.

Cyclone Yass: System crossing coast to south of Balasore in Odisha

According to PIB Odisha, the system is now crossing coast to the south of Balasore. The landfall process of cyclone Yass will take about 2 hours to complete.

Cyclone Yass: Turbulent sea, strong winds witnessed in Bengal

Turbulent sea and strong winds witnessed in Digha of Purba Medinipur district on Wednesday ahead of cyclone Yass. According to the IMD, the current intensity of the storm is 130-140 kmph.

Odisha: Yass landfall process begins, seawater gushes into coastal areas

The cyclone Yass landfall has begun near Dhamra port in Odisha at 9.15 am on Wednesday.

The landfall process has begun and will take 3-4 hours to complete the process. The maximum impact will be in Balasore and Bhadrak district, Odishas Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) P K Jena said.

Jena said about 5.80 lakh people in vulnerable areas of Odisha have been shifted to safe shelters. On the other hand, the West Bengal government yesterday said 9 lakh people have been evacuated to storm shelters.

Indian Army deploys columns in West Bengal ahead of cyclone Yass landfall

The Indian Army has carried out briefing, liaison, and coordination with the West Bengal government on Wednesday to provide immediate support to people in the emerging situation due to cyclone Yass/Yaas.

"Rescue and relief columns are pre-positioned across areas expected to be affected for immediate response. One rescue and relief column has been launched at East Midnapore to rescue 32 civilians who are stuck due to surge in water levels," the Army said.

Watch: Water from the sea floods the residential areas Odisha

Water from the sea floods the residential areas in Dhamra of Bhadrak district as cyclone Yass hits the Odisha coast.

The cyclone Yass is 30 km south-southeast of Balasore at 9:30 am, as per IMD's update.

NDRF team shifts people as cyclone Yass hit Odisha

The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) was seen shifting people from low lying areas of Bhograi in Balasore, Odisha on Wednesday.

Cyclone Yass landfall process to take 3 hours to complete: IMD

"Landfall process is continuing in Odisha. It will take around 3 hours to complete. 30 km south-southeast of Balasore at 0930 hours IST," the India Meteorological Department said.

Cyclone Yass: Bengal CM stays overnight at state secretariat to monitor ground situation

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee spent the night in state secretariat, Nabanna reviewing preparations and monitoring the situation on ground ahead of the predicted landfall of the cyclone Yass.

The Kolkata airport has closed for operations from 8.30 am to 7.45 pm and no flights will be operating to or from Kolkata, according to state officials.

Railways also announced the cancellation of 38 long-distance South-bound and Kolkata-bound passenger trains in view of the impending cyclone.

Cyclone Yass begins landfall in Odisha with wind speed of 130-140 kmph

The IMD on Wednesday informed that the landfall process of cyclone Yaas began at 9 am near the Dhamra port in Odisha's Bhadrak district.

The wind speed during landfall was at 130-140 kmph, gusting to 155 kmph, as per Doppler radar data.

Odisha's Special Relief Commissioner PK Jena said that around 5.80 lakh people have been shifted to safe shelters.

-Landfall process started around 9 o'clock & is expected to continue for 3-4 hrs. It's expected that by around 1 pm, tail end of cyclone will also be completely moving to landmass. It's making landfall between Dhamra & Balasore: Odisha Spl Relief Commissioner PK Jena.

- Very severe cyclonic storm Yaas centred about 50 km south-southeast of Balasore. Landfall process has commenced around 0900 hrs IST..

-In view of the impending cyclone Yaas, 38 long-distance South-bound and Kolkata-bound passenger trains were cancelled from May 24 to 29, informed Railways Public Relations Officer (PRO) on Tuesday.

-Cyclone Yaas is likely to make landfall by noon on Wednesday with wind speed of about 130 to 155 kmph, informed the India Meteorological Department (IMD), adding that it currently lay centred over northwest Bay of Bengal.

-In view of the impending cyclone Yaas, Kolkata, Bhubaneswar, Jharsuguda, Durgapur and Rourkela airports will remain shut for commercial flights.

-The Airports Authority of India (AAI) said that Bhubaneswar will be closed from 11 pm on Tuesday till 5 am on Thursday, Jharsuguda from 12.01 am on Wednesday till 7.45 am on Thursday. Durgapur and Rourkela airports will be closed on Wednesday. Commercial operations at Kolkata will be suspended from 8.30 am to 7.45 pm on Wednesday.

-`Yaas', which was positioned 160 km south-southeast of Paradip in Odisha and 240 km south-southeast of Digha in West Bengal over north-west and adjoining west-central Bay of Bengal on Tuesday evening, is likely to gain a maximum speed of 155 kmph to 165 kmph gusting to 185 kmph during landfall, the Met department said.

-Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Tuesday held a review meeting on impending cyclone Yass and instructed officials to remain alert to deal with the calamity.

-Calcutta High Court on Monday informed that it has canceled the hearing of all matters listed for May 26 and 27, in view of the warning issued by India Meteorological Department (IMD) for the cyclonic storm.

-Flight operations at the Kolkatas NSCBI airport will be suspended from 8.30 am to 7.45 pm owing to the weather warning on Wednesday, the Airports Authority of India said. Bhubaneshwars Biju Patnaik International airport too will remain shut from 11 pm Tuesday till 5 am on Thursday.

-The South Eastern Railways too has cancelled several trains.

-West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said that her administration has evacuated over nine lakh people from coastal districts to safe shelters. The Odisha government, on the other hand, said it has moved over 3 lakh people from vulnerable coastal areas to safety.

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