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The India Meteorology Department (IMD) on Saturday (May 16) said the deep depression over southeast Bay of Bengal intensified into a Cyclonic storm called “Amphan”.

It will turn into an extremely severe Cyclonic storm with wind speed of 170 to 180 kmph, increasing to 200 kmph, on May 19 and bring “heavy to very heavy” rainfall in coastal Odisha and West Bengal for two days. The Cyclone Amphan is likely to cross Odisha and West Bengal coasts by May 20.

“It is very likely to move north-northwestwards initially till May 17 and then re-curve north-northeastwards across northwest Bay of Bengal towards West Bengal and adjoining Odisha coasts during May 18-20,” said the country’s national weather forecaster.

Referring to the current situation, the IMD said, “The coastal Odisha is likely to experience light to moderate rainfall at many places with heavy falls at isolated places from May 18 evening, heavy to very heavy rainfalls at a few places on May 19 and isolated heavy rainfall over northeast Odisha on May 20.”

About its impact on West Bengal, it said, “The coastal districts of Gangetic West Bengal are likely to experience light to moderate rainfall at many places with heavy falls at a few places on May 19, and heavy to very heavy falls at a few places with extremely heavy falls at isolated places over Gangetic West Bengal on May 20.”

In view of the upcoming extremely severe Cyclonic storm over Bay of Bengal, the National Crisis Management Committee (NCMC), chaired by the cabinet secretary Rajiv Gauba, on Saturday (May 16) reviewed preparedness of different agencies on relief and rescue operations, as required.