Landfall of Super Cyclone Amphan near Sunderbans likely: IMD DG

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Bhubaneswar: IMD Director General, Mrutyunjay Mohapatra on Monday said Super cyclone Amphan will make landfall close to Sunderbans.

He told the media that Amphan will cross West Bengal – Bangladesh coasts between Digha (West Bengal) and Hatiya Islands (Bangladesh) close to Sundarbans on May 20 afternoon to evening.

The IMD DG said Amphan is the second super cyclone over the Bay of Bengal after Odisha super cyclone of 1999.

Mohapatra said there is no chance of super cyclone Amphan making landfall in Odisha, but it will impact parts of coastal Odisha.

He said there will be no damaging impact near Gopalpur in Ganjam, which is likely to experience wind speed up to 45-55 kmph gusting up to 65 kmph.

Puri district is likely to witness around 55-60 kmph with squally wind and no destruction is predicted. The districts of Bhadrak and Balasore will be more affected because they are closer to the expected landfall point in the Sundarbans, he added.

The evening bulletin of IMD said the system is lying about 730 km south of Paradip (Odisha), 890 km south-southwest of Digha (West Bengal) and 1010 km south-southwest of Khepupara (Bangladesh).

It is an Extremely Severe Cyclonic Storm with maximum sustained wind speed of 165-175 kmph gusting to 185 kmph.

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