Cyclone ‘YAAS’: Rainfall alert in Assam


GUWAHATI: In view of cyclone ‘YAAS’, India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued rainfall warning for the state of Assam on Tuesday and Wednesday.

A press release issued by the IMD states Assam and Meghalaya would receive “Light to moderate rainfall at most places with heavy to very heavy rainfall at isolated places on 25th & 26 th May,”.

The department predicted that YAAS  is going to intensity into a “very severe cyclonic storm” in the next 12 hours. 

“The severe cyclonic storm Yaas over east-central Bay of Bengal moved north-northwestwards with a speed of about 9 kmph during past six hours and lay centred at 9 UTC of May 24 over east-central Bay of Bengal,” IMD said in its bulletin.

“It is very likely to move north-northwestwards, intensify further into a very severe cyclonic storm during next 12 hours. It would continue to move north-northwestwards, intensify further and reach northwest Bay of Bengal near North Odisha and West Bengal coasts by May 26 early morning,” the weather agency said.

It also stated that Cyclone Yaas is very likely to cross north Odisha-West Bengal coasts between Paradip and Sagar Island around Balasore, during noon of May 26 as a “Very Severe Cyclonic Storm”.