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Cyclonic storm ‘Aila’ likely to hit West Bengal

New Delhi, May 25 (ANI): The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has warned that the cyclonic storm “AILA” is likely to intensify further and move in a near northerly direction and cross West Bengal coast near longitude 88.00 E (near Sagar Island) on Monday evening,

Gale wind of 100 kmph is likely along West Bengal and north Orissa coasts during next 18 hours.

Sea condition will be very high along and off West Bengal and north Orissa coasts during the same period.

Storm surge of about 2-3 meters above astronomical tide is likely to inundate the coastal areas of south  24-Pargana and Midnapur districts of West Bengal at the time of landfall.

Extensive damage to thatched roofs and huts, minor damage to power and communication lines due to uprooting of trees and flooding of escape routs over coastal districts of West Bengal and north Orissa are expected.

The IMD has advised total suspension of fishing operations and suggested moving the coastal hutment dwellers to safer places.

People in affected areas have been advised to remain indoors.

The system over northwest and adjoining central Bay of Bengal intensified further, moved northwards and lay centred at 8:30 (IST) of today over northwest Bay of Bengal near lat. 20.50 N and long. 88.00 E, about 140 km east-southeast of Chandbali, 130 km south of Sagar Island and 280 km southwest of Khepupara (Bangladesh). (ANI)

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