Seawater entered several villages in Bahanaga and Remuna blocks in Balasore district, and in Dhamra and Basudevpur in Bhadrak district of Odisha, while in Bengal, roads adjoining the sea beaches in Digha were inundated, with visuals showing people wading through chest-deep water.
The storm has now weakened into a ‘severe cyclonic storm’, made landfall north of Dhamra in Odisha’s Bhadrak district. Sea waves were seen touching coconut tree-tops and cars floating in floodwaters during the landfall process of the cyclone.
Reports say, Two persons dying in Odisha after trees fell on them also emerged, but there was no official confirmation. Another elderly woman in Mayurbhanj reportedly died after her house collapsed. Meanwhile, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said that a person, who was initially rescued, died ‘accidentally’ later.
While Odisha shifted 5.8 lakh people to safer places, as many as 15 lakh people were evacuated by authorities in West Bengal.
Several coastal towns of north Odisha and neighbouring West Bengal were pounded by Cyclonic storm ‘Yaas’ after it made landfall in Odisha on Wednesday morning with a wind speed of 130-140 kmph, gusting to 155 kmph. This is the second cyclonic storm to hit the country within a week after ‘Tauktae’ barrelled into its western coast, causing death and destruction.