NEW DELHI: Severe cyclonic storm Amphan bustled in from the Bay of Bengal and 12 people lost their lives. It had a wind speed up to 185 kmph. The storm has however weakened now and continues to centre over Bangladesh, which is 270 km away from Kolkata towards the north-east side. It now has a wind speed of 27 kmph.
In the last 6 hours, the storm moved northeastwards, to Bangladesh with a speed of 27 kmph. It weakened a bit more and was centred on Bangladesh at around 5:30 am on Thursday, May 21. It is precisely placed at latitude 24.7°N and longitude 89.5°E. It is 150 kms south of Dhubri, Assam and 110 km south-east of Rangpur, Bangladesh, as per the reports of India Meteorological Department (IMD).
The department also said, "It is very likely to continue to move north-northeastwards and weaken further into a deep depression during the next three hours and into a depression during subsequent six hours."
It has been said that as the storm has gone towards Bangladesh, no adverse impact will be experienced over Odisha and Kolkata. It claimed over 10-12 lives in West Bengal, crushed houses, uprooted trees, and cast aside electric poles. It lasted for 6:30 hours and eventually left Kolkata and most of south Bengal.
Meanwhile, Odisha was spared from the wrath of the storm. The Sunderban region and 6 districts from south Bengal got affected by the cyclone which had the wind speed of 155-165 kmph. Torrential rain also occurred in these areas. 'Amphan' is said to be the most intense storm in the region of Bay of Bengal since the 1999 Odisha super cyclone.