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Cyclone AMPHAN: Next Eight Hours Are Very Crucial, More Than 1 Lakh People Evacuated Across Odisha

Mumbai: According to the Special Relief Commissioner, Odisha, the cyclone Amfan near Sunderbans in West Bengal is likely to witness landslides on Wednesday as the next six to eight hours are going to be critical. 

“Cyclone Amfan is located 110 km south-east of Paradip and is moving at an average speed of 18-19 kmph. It is expected to be near Sunderbans in West Bengal by late evening. The next 6-8 hours are significant. Are going to happen,” PK Jena, Special Relief Commissioner, said.

“We have evacuated more than 1,37,000 people so far and the process is still going on in parts of Balasore and Mayurbhanj districts,” he said.

Jena said that this morning a wind speed of 102 kmph was seen near Paradip.

“It is going ahead as per the forecast of India Meteorological Department (IMD) and hence we are expecting a wind speed of 110-125 km in the coastal areas of Paradip,” he said.

According to IMD, the cyclone was about 120 km east-southeast of Paradip in Odisha at 8:30 AM today.

The weather forecasting agency said that it is scheduled to cross the West Bengal-Bangladesh shores between Digha (West Bengal) and Hatia Island (Bangladesh) near the Sundarbans and said the landslide was expected to start around noon.

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