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Odisha, West Bengal on alert as Cyclone Asani intensifies into Severe Cyclonic Storm

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KOLKATA : Cyclone Asani intensified into a severe cyclonic storm on Sunday evening as it moved northwestwards in the direction of north Andhra Pradesh and Odisha coasts, according to the meteorological department.

Port operation and Shipping movements are likely to be affected on the Eastern Coast due to Cyclone Asani.

Stating that the system will not make landfall either in Odisha or Andhra Pradesh, IMD Director-General Mrutunjay Mohaptra said the cyclone will move parallel to the east coast and cause rainfall from Tuesday evening.

The severe cyclone is very likely to recurve north- and northeast-wards and move towards northwest Bay of Bengal off Odisha coast on reaching west-central and adjoining northwest Bay of Bengal off north Andhra Pradesh and Odisha coasts on Tuesday, as per IMD.

The IMD forecast added that the severe cyclonic storm is very likely to lose some steam thereafter and turn into a cyclonic storm on Wednesday and further into a deep depression on Thursday.

The Defence Ministry said the Coast Guard has “intensified efforts to mitigate threats posed by the impending weather”. Coast Guard ships and aircraft are broadcasting weather warning to mariners and fishermen, and 0 disaster response and 3 Quick Reaction Teams are on standby, it said.

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