Pune, 9th May 2022: The ‘Asani’ cyclone, which lifted from the southeast Bay of Bengal, is said to reach the Odisha coast in the next 24 hours. According to the Meteorological Department, the effect of the cyclone will remain in Odisha and Andhra Pradesh along with Jharkhand, Bihar, Bengal, Chhattisgarh and other states. During this, there is a possibility of heavy rain in many areas.
Odisha Special Relief Commissioner PK Jena said that Cyclone ‘Asani’ is presently in South East Andaman which is moving in North West direction. It is expected to move in the same direction by May 10. Later, it will move exclusively parallel to Odisha. It will reach the south of Puri by 11th May evening.
Meteorological expert Umashankar Das has said that Cyclone Asani is moving in a west-north direction at a speed of 25 Kmph for the last 6 hours, cyclone Asani is 680 km south-southeast of Puri and southeast from Visakhapatnam. At a distance of 580 km, it is likely to weaken into a cyclonic storm in the next 48 hours. By Tuesday evening, Cyclone Asani will reach the sea near north Andhra Pradesh and Odisha, although from here it will move in a northeast direction. The land will not collide with the part of Odisha. Although due to the effect of the cyclone, there will be heavy rain with a strong wind in coastal Odisha for two days, in such a situation, the number one danger mark has been put in all the ports. Due to its effect, the sea will remain turbulent in the coastal region of Odisha and Andhra Pradesh from Monday, with light rain on Tuesday evening.
Meteorologists believe that this cyclone will not hit the land in Odisha. However, given the apprehension of the impact of the cyclone, a warning of heavy rain has been issued. At the same time, given the possibility of heavy rain with the strong wind in coastal Odisha on May 10, 11 and 12, an alert has been issued at all the ports. Fishermen have been advised not to venture into the sea from May 9 to 11.
According to meteorologists, due to the effect of the cyclone, the sea will remain disturbed in the coastal region of Odisha and Andhra Pradesh from May 9. At the same time, there will be light rain on May 10 evening. However, there is a possibility of heavy rains in the Gajapati, Ganjam and Puri districts of Odisha during this period.
On May 11, there will be heavy rain in Ganjam, Khurda, Puri, Jagatsinghpur and Cuttack districts. Similarly, on May 12, there will be heavy rain in Puri, Jagatsinghpur, Cuttack, Kendrapara, Bhadrak, and Baleshwar districts. During this, the wind will blow at a speed of 60 kilometres per hour.
According to the Meteorological Department, there is a possibility of light rain with thunderstorms in Howrah, Kolkata, Hooghly and West Midnapore districts of West Bengal for the next 2-3 hours. People have been advised to stay in a safe place during the storm.
Umashankar Das, an expert at the Regional Meteorological Center, said that Asani is currently moving in a west-north direction at a speed of 16 Kmph. At present, the cyclone lies at a distance of 1020 km in the South-East direction from Puri and 970 km in the South-East direction from Visakhapatnam. He said that by the evening of May 10, it will reach the sea near North Andhra Pradesh and Odisha, although from here it will recurve and move in the north-northeast direction. There is a strong possibility of Asani moving in the north-northeast direction.
According to the Indian Meteorological Department, the impact of the storm is in the southeast and adjoining East Central Bay of Bengal, about 610 km north-west of Car Nicobar (Nicobar Islands), 500 km west of Port Blair (Andaman Islands), Visakhapatnam. 810 km south-east of (Andhra Pradesh) and 880 km south-southeast of Puri (Odisha).
Asani will intensify into a severe cyclonic storm while remaining over the Bay of Bengal at a distance of about 920 km from Puri. This system will be closest to the coast between Ganjam and Puri as a cyclonic storm on May 11.
This time Sri Lanka has named this cyclone ‘Asani’. Asani means anger in the local language. Eight countries started the system of naming storms in the year 2004 on the initiative of India in the Indian Ocean region. These countries include Bangladesh, India, Maldives, Myanmar, Oman, Pakistan, Thailand and Sri Lanka.