The Assam government on Tuesday issued a “high alert” over cyclone “Amphan” and directed the state disaster management authority to set up a control room to deal with the situation.
There is equal pressure and threat on both Barak and Bramhaputra Valley of Assam. Flood Control department and all the district administrations of the state is on high alert to have precautions and to keep the maximum control over the impact of the cyclone. While the rainfall due to the cyclone would be recorded in the western Assam, it is warned that rivers in Jorhat district could experience a rise in water levels.
In view of the ”Amphan” the Department of Water Resources has issued a flood warning for 26 districts in West Bengal, Assam and Sikkim. Flooding will be associated with the heavy to very heavy rainfall caused by Cyclone advancing landwards from the Bay of Bengal. According to the special flood warning issued by the Directorate of Flood Forecasting on Tuesday, continuous rainfall could lead to a significant rise in the water level of many small rivers and rivulets.
Quoting the India Meteorological Department (IMD), Chief Secretary Kumar Sanjay Krishna said there is a strong likelihood of widespread effect of the cyclone in Assam, especially in west Assam districts. He also directed the officials concerned to keep the State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) informed for their services whenever necessary.
Rivers in West Bengal namely Kangsabati, Ajoy, Upper Mahananda, Mayurakshi will see a surge in water levels. Heavy rain could trigger urban flooding in Kolkata city besides affecting districts of Madinipur, 24 Parganas, Hoogly, Murshidabad, Malda and Dinajpur during the next two days. Landslides and flash floods could hit northern and southern districts of Sikkim following the heavy downpour forecast during the next 48 hours.