DIMAPUR, May 19 - The Nagaland State Disaster Management Authority (NSDMA) today said that Cyclone Amphan would have no direct impact on Nagaland. However, scattered rain and thundershowers, particularly during evening and night, will be a common feature for the next few days, the NSDMA stated in a release issued by Secretary to the Nagaland Government, Lhouchalie Viva.
The NSDMA, in coordination with the regional office of the India Meteorological Department in Guwahati, Assam, has issued weather updates with regard to the cyclone for the coming days.
It said there would be a gradual spike in the weather activity over Nagaland from May 20 onwards, which would last till May 28 or May 30. Thunder squalls with severe lightening are also expected during this period.
The NSDMA asked all the district disaster management authorities and other line departments to attend to any emergencies caused by natural calamities. It asked them to be on alert to save lives and properties amid the ongoing battle against the spread of COVID-19.
The NSDMA also urged the public to keep away from lightning, gusty winds and thunderstorms during the period. It also requested the public not to take shelter under large trees and near river banks to prevent unnecessary risk to life.
The cyclone will make a landfall over coastal West Bengal near Digha between 2 pm and 6 pm on Wednesday. It will rapidly weaken after crossing the coast and within 12 hours, it will move across Bangladesh. The cyclone will then weaken to a depression and thereafter, to a low pressure while moving across Meghalaya, lower Assam and the western half of Arunachal Pradesh.