Cyclone ‘Amphan’ intensified into a super cyclonic storm on Monday and is likely to move across northeast Bay of Bengal and cross West Bengal and Bangladesh coasts between Digha and the Hatia island on May 20, the IMD said.

It lay centred around 780 km south of Paradip in Odisha, 930 km south-southwest of Digha in West Bengal and 1,050 km south-southwest of Khepupara in Bangladesh.

The Cyclone is likely to move north-northeastwards and across northwest Bay of Bengal and cross West Bengal and Bangladesh coasts between the sea resort of Digha (in West Bengal) and Hatia island (in Bangladesh) as very severe cyclonic storm, the IMD said.

The wind speed due to the supercyclone over the Bay of Bengal may go up to 230 kmph and even 265 kmph, but ‘Amphan’ will gradually weaken on the sea itself before its landfall on May 20, the department added.

Meanwhile, in view of the impending cyclone Amphan, 32 teams of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) have been deployed in Odisha and West Bengal, and 21 teams have been kept on standby.

Six different battalions of NDRF have been kept on hot standby, he said while adding that four teams each of 11 battalions Benaras, 9 battalions Patna, first battalion Guwahati, 10th battalion Vijayawada, 4th battalion Chennai and Konam, and 5th battalion Pune have been kept on hot standby.

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