Cyclone Yaas: Eight lakh people impacted in Jharkhand; about 12,000 people evacuated

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published Published on May 27, 2021   modified Modified on May 27, 2021

-The Hindu/ PTI

This is the first time in the history of Jharkhand that the State is facing such a severe cyclonic storm.

As storm 'Yaas' enters Jharkhand, the State remains on high alert and has evacuated about 12,000 people to safer zones while operations are still on to minimise damage from the cyclone that pounded neighbouring Odisha and West Bengal, officials said Wednesday.

The storm has weakened into a deep depression, and is centred over South Jharkhand as of 5.30 a.m., according to an IMD update. It is likely to move northward and weaken gradually into a depression in the next six hours, it added.

The State has imposed a complete lockdown in some parts to prevent people from venturing out in view of the storm while as many as eight lakh people have already been impacted by it.

Heavy damages

Cyclone Yaas, packing winds of up to 130-145 kmph, whiplashed the country's eastern coasts on Wednesday, dumping heavy rain, damaging houses and farmlands, and leaving at least four persons dead — three in Odisha and one in Bengal.

Operations are being executed on a war-footing in the vulnerable areas in East and West Singhbhum, besides some other districts due to cyclonic storm Yaas, Disaster Management Secretary Amitabh Kaushal said.

Kaushal said at least eight lakh people are impacted by it in Simdega, East and West Singhbhums and Saraikela-Kharsawan districts.

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The Hindu/ PTI, 27 May, 2021,

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