Last updated: October 24, 2022, 10:35 PM IST
The chief minister of West Bengal, Mamata Banerjee, on Monday urged the people of the state to stay indoors in case heavy rains and storms come due to Cyclone Sitrang which is likely to cross the coast of Bangladesh later. . She also requested the people evacuated from coastal areas to safe shelters to cooperate with the state administration and not return home until the threat of the cyclone has passed.
“It (cyclone Sitrang) will make landfall at Barisal in Bangladesh around midnight. Light rain and wind will persist in West Bengal until October 25. This can also cause storm here,” Banerjee told reporters at her residence in Kalighat here, where she is organizing a Kali Puja. The prime minister is monitoring the cyclone situation from her home.
Banerjee asked people to celebrate Kali puja and Diwali but to stay inside their homes when there is a storm and heavy rainfall. “I will ask those who have been evacuated to safe shelters not to return home until the threat has passed, as you cannot predict anything about natural disasters. Things can take a sudden turn at any moment. This is especially for those from the critical areas of Sunderbans and Sagar Island, she said.
Governor La Ganesan of West Bengal visited Banerjee’s residence and prayed to Goddess Kali. Intermittent showers since the morning forced people to stay indoors as most of Kolkata’s streets looked deserted on a festive evening that would normally have attracted tens of thousands of people to party tents with idols of the goddess Kali.
A gusty wind accompanied by light to moderate rain affected normal life in the coastal areas of the state. Moving in a north-northeast direction at 33 km/h, Cyclone ‘Sitrang’ was 260 km/h southeast of Sagar Island over the northwestern Bay of Bengal at 2:30 PM and is likely to increase further to a severe cyclone storm, in which the wind speed increases. from 90 to 100 km/h, Monday night wind gusts up to 110 km/h.
It is likely to cross the coast of Bangladesh between Tinkona Island and Sandwip near Barisal early Tuesday, the weather agency said.
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