Cyclone Yaas Batters India, Evacuations Ordered

Cyclonic Storm Yaas which has now weakened into a depression in central Jharkhand, has forced more than 1.2 million to evacuate.

The cyclone killed at least three, damaged properties, as thousands have been evacuated in the states of Odisha and Bengal, just a week after the country was hit with the deadly cyclone Tauktae. 

The India Meteorological Department’s (IMD) press release Thursday said the cyclone has now weakened but some areas will still experience heavy rainfalls such as Odisha, Bihar, Jharkhand, West Bengal, Sikkim, North Chhattisgarh, Assam, and East Uttar Pradesh until Friday. 

The IMD said the cyclone, “moved northwestwards for some more time, recurved northwards, weakened into a depression and lay centered at 1130 hours IST of today, the 27th May, 2021 over central parts of Jharkhand,” as it is expected to weaken into a Well Marked low pressure area in the next 12 hours. 

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