Natural Disasters

Cyclone Yaas weakens after landfall near Balasore


By DTE Staff
Published: Wednesday 26 May 2021

Cyclone Yaas weakened into a severe cyclonic storm from a very severe one after landing near Odisha’s Balasore Wednesday (April 26) morning, India Meteorological Department (IMD) said. 

Coastal Odisha and southern West Bengal were marked by very heavy rainfall as normal life was hit.

The Odisha DIsaster Rapid Action Force was employed to combat the situation.

News agency ANI quoted IMD Director-General Mrutyunjay Mohapatra as predicting that the cyclone would reach neighbouring Jharkhand by May 27 morning. 

The process started around 8:30 am and would continue for a few hours, the Met department said. At 10:30 am, it was reportedly crossing south of Balasore in northern Odisha, bordering West Bengal. 



Areas at the border of Odisha and West Bengal reported heavy rainfall since last night. There were reports of sea ingress much inland in parts of northern Odisha.

IMD had earlier pegged the landfall in Dhamra, a small port in Odisha’s Bhadrak district — south of Balasore district. Earlier, the department had also indicated that the landfall could be anywhere between Balasore and Digha in Bengal’s Purba Medinipur district.

The cyclone will directky impact the area between Paradip in Odisha and Sagar Island in West Bengal, HR Biswas, director of IMD’s Bhubaneswar centre said May 25.

The administration of the Kendrapada district in Odisha were already afoot to mitigate any possible impact on the Bhitarkanika National Park, India’s second-largest mangrove patch after Bengal’s Sundarbans. 

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