India Braces for Cyclone Yaas, Just a Week After Cyclone Tauktae

India is bracing for another cyclone after the deadly cyclone Tauktae hit the country last week, authorities said on Monday. 

Cyclone ‘Yaas’ will intensify into a Severe Cyclonic Storm in the next 12 hours and is expected to intensify into a Very Severe Cyclonic Storm on Wednesday, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.

“It would continue to move north-northwestwards, intensify further and reach Northwest Bay of Bengal near north Odisha and West Bengal coasts by 26th May early morning. It is very likely to cross north Odisha West Bengal coasts between Paradip and Sagar islands around noon of 26th May as a Very Severe Cyclonic Storm,” the IMD said.

The Odisha government will also evacuate residents in low-lying and vulnerable areas, as Union Home Minister Amit Shah held a meeting with the chief ministers of Odisha, Andhra Pradesh and West Bengal among others to discuss preparations. 

The IMD has issued a warning for fishermen to stop activities in the central Bay of Bengal and coastal areas until Wednesday, and storm surge warnings as high as 4 meters in low-lying areas.

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