Thursday, May 27, 2021

Kolkata, 4 other airports partially shut due to cyclone Yaas

At least five airports in eastern India have been partially shut as Cyclone Yaas, the latest natural calamity, blew over the Bay of Bengal causing death and destruction in West Bengal and Odisha.

The airports include Kolkata and Durgapur in West Bengal and Bhubaneswar, Rourkela and Jharsuguda in Odisha, an official at the Airports Authority of India (AAI) said.

“They have been partially shut for the day, but we are constantly monitoring the situation and may extend it,” said the senior official who didn’t want to be named.

Cyclone Yaas has led to loss of some lives, apart from destroying barricades and shops in the coastal areas of West Bengal and Odisha. Several flights have been cancelled.

“In the light of the developments around Cyclone Yaas in the Bay of Bengal, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport (CSMIA) has witnessed the cancellation of flights from Mumbai to Bhubaneswar and Kolkata. Approximately six flights, consisting of three arrivals and three departures, have been cancelled so far,” said a spokesperson at the airport.

Ports too are on high alert.

“As the Cyclone Yaas approaches the east coast, we are prepared with all precautions to tackle this severe cyclonic storm. We are working in close coordination with the local authorities. The vessels have been moved outside the port by port authorities and floating crafts to inner anchorage,” said Ajayy Singh, CEO of Essar Ports.

27/05/21 Anirban Chowdhury/Economic Times

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