Cyclone Asani Latest News: Hundreds of civilians were evacuated from the coastal region of Andaman and Nicobar on Sunday, according to local officials.
Cyclone Asani March 20 Live News: Cyclone Asani is likely to make landfall in the Andamans, according to the latest update from the weather service. A tweet from India’s Meteorological Department said that the depression currently plaguing the southeastern Bay of Bengal is likely to intensify into a deep depression over the next 24 hours.
On Sunday, hundreds of civilians were evacuated from the Andaman and Nicobar coastal region, according to local officials. The archipelago experienced strong gusts of wind and heavy rain on Sunday due to the depression in the Bay of Bengal.
The local government has suspended inter-island shipping services as well as those from Chennai and Vishakhapatnam. Local fishermen have been warned not to venture out into the rough seas as India’s first cyclone of 2022 brews in the Bay of Bengal.
More than 150 NDRF personnel have been airlifted to the Andamans and six relief camps have already been set up, authorities said.
The weather bureau predicted light to moderate rainfall and thunderstorms for most parts of the union territory on Sunday. Heavy to very heavy rain is expected in a few places and extremely heavy rain in isolated places.
On Monday, most places in the Union Territory are expected to experience moderate rainfall and thunderstorms, while isolated heavy rain is expected over the Andaman Islands. The Met office has also issued advisories to all fishermen and urged them not to venture into the Andaman Sea and southeastern Bay of Bengal.
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On Friday, Andaman and Nicobar Islands MP Kuldeep Rai had asked the lieutenant governor to put the islands’ disaster management mechanisms on high alert.
IMPACT ON TAMIL NADU
Met forecasts suggest Tamil Nadu could escape the impact of the cyclone. However, the state will likely experience warmer days and humid nights due to the late entry of easterly winds.
Chennai is expected to experience maximum temperatures of around 36C, while inland districts of the state could see the mercury soar to 40C. Parts of Tamil Nadu are expected to receive isolated light rain.
WEST BENGAL FORECAST
The cyclone is also expected to avoid West Bengal. The Regional Meteorological Center in Kolkata, however, has advised fishermen in the state not to venture into deep waters during this time.
As the system moves closer to the coasts of Myanmar and Bangladesh, it will impact parts of eastern and northeastern India.
Only six cyclones have been recorded in the Bay of Bengal in March since records began in 1901. Cyclone Asani, if formed, will become the seventh.