The landfall process of very severe cyclonic storm YAAS has commenced at 9 AM on the north of Dhamra and south of the Balasore coast in Odisha.
IMD DG Mrutuanjay Mohapatra confirmed that the landfall of the very severe cyclonic storm has already started and would continue for three to four hours.
The cyclone YAAS would hit the landmass somewhere near Remuna Sadar block close to Bahanaga coast between the north of Dhamra and south of Balasore.
He said the impact of the cyclone YAAS would be severe in Balasore and Bhadrak district and there would be extensive damages to the properties.
The cyclone YAAS, would then move to Keonjhar and proceed to Jharkhand.
In Balasore, 1,52,000 people were evacuated and 1,20,000 people each have been evacuated from Bhadrak and Kendrapara districts while over 60,000 people were evacuated in Mayurbhanj district where the evacuation process is still going on and would continue till this afternoon.
The state government has already deployed 52 NDRF teams, 60 ODRAF teams, 206 Fire Services teams and about 400 Response teams in the rescue and relief operation in the areas likely to be affected by the Cyclone YAAS.
Over 4000 workforce have been deployed in the relief and rescue operation in the state.