Cyclone 'Remal' Weakens, Expected to Diminish Further by Evening: NDRF
Cyclone 'Remal' Weakens, Expected to Diminish Further by Evening: NDRF

NEW DELHI: The severe cyclonic storm 'Remal' has lost strength since hitting land last night and is expected to weaken further into a deep depression by this evening, the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) reported on Monday.

This announcement follows the latest update from the India Meteorological Department (IMD).

"The IMD's current information indicates that the severe cyclonic storm has downgraded to a cyclonic storm. The wind speed, which was between 110 to 120 km/hr at landfall, has now decreased to 60 to 70 km/hr," said NDRF Deputy Inspector General Mohsen Shahedi. Highlighting the reduction in the cyclone's intensity, Shahedi added, "This is a significant relief, and it is expected to weaken further into a deep depression by this evening."

Regarding the impact on lives and property, the NDRF officer stated: "We have information of one death in Kolkata due to a wall collapse. Restoration efforts are ongoing. NDRF teams are on the ground, with 14 teams deployed in the most affected areas and six State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) teams also assisting. In addition to the 14 teams in West Bengal, we have stationed one team in Tripura as a precaution."

In response to Cyclone 'Remal,' which made landfall at midnight, the NDRF has deployed 14 teams to vulnerable areas across nine districts of West Bengal: Hooghly (1 team), Howrah (1 team), South 24 Parganas (3 teams), North 24 Parganas (2 teams), Purba Medinipur (2 teams), Paschim Medinipur (2 teams), Kolkata (1 team), Murshidabad (1 team), and Nadia (1 team).

Additional teams are on standby to be deployed at short notice if necessary, according to the NDRF DIG.

Since the IMD's early warnings, NDRF teams have been working with state and district administrations to evacuate people to safer locations and cyclone shelters, as well as to inform local communities about preventive measures.

The NDRF Headquarters is closely monitoring the situation and coordinating efforts at all levels.

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