Cyclone alert

1. IMD issued a red alert for Sepahijala and Gumati districts due to Cyclone Remal.
2. Six other districts in the northeastern state are under an orange alert for heavy rain and gusty winds.
3. Officials anticipate significant impact despite the cyclone making landfall in West Bengal and Bangladesh.

Agartala, May 27: The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued a red alert in Sepahijala and Gumati districts in anticipation of the possible impact of Cyclone Remal, an official announced on Monday.

Additionally, an orange alert has been issued for the remaining six districts of the northeastern state, which is expected to experience heavy rain and gusty winds due to the cyclone.

“A red alert has been issued for Sepahijala and Gumati districts, anticipating heavy to very heavy rainfall during the day. An orange alert has been sounded in the remaining six districts,” stated Partha Roy, Director of the Indian Meteorological Department in Agartala.

Previously, South, Dhalai, Khowai, and West districts were under a ‘red alert,’ indicating the need for immediate action, but they have now been downgraded to an ‘orange alert,’ signaling preparedness.

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“Thunderstorms are highly likely to occur over the six districts due to the cyclone. Light to moderate rain and thunderstorms with lightning, accompanied by gusty winds reaching 30-40 kmph, is expected in many areas of South, Gumati, Sepahijala, Dhalai, and Khowai districts,” Roy added.

The northeastern state is not expected to face severe impacts from the cyclonic storm as it made landfall in the coastal areas of West Bengal and Bangladesh, which are relatively distant, Roy explained.

“Rainfall has been reported from various parts of the state. According to the MET’s prediction, the currently low-intensity rainfall may intensify in the afternoon. We are prepared to handle any eventuality,” stated an official from the state Disaster Management Authority.

Chief Minister Manik Saha has urged the public to remain vigilant.

“The state may experience moderate to heavy rainfall due to the cyclonic storm. Both state and district administrations are prepared to manage the situation. I appeal to the public to maintain the highest level of alertness during this period,” he said in a Facebook post.