Cyclone Amphan is likely to hit the Bay of Bengal on the evening of May 16, affecting the eastern part of India including Odisha, West Bengal and Andaman and Nicobar Islands, according to an advisory issued by the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD).
The weather department has also issued an alert to the National Disaster Response Force as well as the chief secretaries of eight states and Union Territories. The intensity of the cyclone is expected to be high after the next 24 hours.
The coastal districts in the eastern part of India are expected to experience heavy rainfall accompanied by squally winds. While the Andaman and Nicobar Island might see the effects of the storm on May 15-16, Odisha and West Bengal might experience be hit on May 20.
The condition of the sea is expected to be between rough and very rough over the Bay of Bengal. To avoid any unwanted circumstances, the IMD has advised the fishermen to not venture into the south and the central Bay of Bengal from May 15. Those who are in the sea are advised to return to the coasts.
The National Disaster Management Authority has also released a video to advise people on instructions that should be followed before and during the cyclone.
The cyclone can be tracked on the IMD website or on the direct link given here.