India is wary ahead of the second powerful cyclone in 10 days

New Delhi (AP) — India’s east coast remained vigilant before a violent cyclone struck the Bay of Bengal on Monday, shortly after a powerful storm struck the country’s west coast, killing at least 140 people. ..

According to the India Meteorological Department, the cyclone Yaas is expected to land on Wednesday and could be packed with sustained winds of 165 kilometers per hour (102 miles per hour). The storm was predicted to hit the eastern states of West Bengal and Orissa, he said.

Disaster relief teams have already been deployed in two states for potential rescue and recovery efforts, and coastal areas have been evacuated. The Indian Air Force and Navy said they are maintaining some of the helicopters and vessels ready to carry out relief operations.

Yaas will be the second storm to hit India in 10 days after cyclone Tauktae killed at least 140 people across the western state last week. Nearly 70 of the murdered people tore their anchors in a storm and rode on barges that sank from the coast of Mumbai.

Massive storms have occurred as India is fighting the devastating coronavirus surge, complicating efforts to address both.

In neighboring Bangladesh, authorities have requested all fishing and trawlers north and deep in the Bay of Bengal to approach the coast in front of Yaas.

According to weather information from the National Meteorological Office in Dhaka, the vessel must depart from the seaports of Chittagong, Mongla, Cox’s Bazar and Paila.

Scientists say Indian cyclones are becoming more frequent and changes in climate patterns are making cyclones more violent.

Last May, nearly 100 people died in Cyclone Amphan, the most powerful storm that struck eastern India for more than a decade. In eastern India and Bangladesh, villages have flattened, farms have been destroyed and millions have lost power.


Associated Press writer Julhas Alam contributed from Dhaka.

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