Mizoram alert

1. Mizoram government issues alerts as heavy rain strikes the state.
2. Deep depression over the Bay of Bengal prompts precautionary measures.
3. District administrations advise residents to stay vigilant and take necessary precautions.

Aizawl, Nov 17: The Mizoram government on Friday sounded alert as heavy rain hit the state due to a deep depression over the Bay of Bengal.

In notices, district administrations and district disaster management authorities, have asked people to be alert and take precautionary measures against any calamities that can be caused due to heavy rain.

The state is likely to experience heavy rainfall till Saturday due to a deep depression over the Bay of Bengal as forecasted by the India Meteorological Department (IMD), the notices said.

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The district administrations also asked people to report any calamities or eventuality caused by rain to the district emergency operation centres or concerned officials.

Heavy rain battered Mizoram’s capital Aizawl and other parts of the state on Friday affecting normal life.

Streets in Aizawl wore a deserted look as people stayed indoors and only a few vehicles ply on the road.

However, there was no report of calamity or untoward incident till evening, officials said.

The IMD said that the deep depression over the Bay of Bengal intensified into a cyclonic storm ‘Midhili’ on Friday morning.

The cyclonic storm will be moving past the Sunderbans before making landfall on the Bangladesh coast with a maximum wind speed of 80 kmph during Friday night or early hours of Saturday, it said.

“Deep Depression over NW Bay of Bengal intensified into a cyclonic storm ‘Midhili’ (pronounced as ‘Midhili’). It lay centered at 0530 hrs IST of 17th Nov over Northwest BoB about 190 km east of Paradip (Odisha), 200 km south-southeast of Digha (West Bengal), and 220 km southwest of Khepupara (Bangladesh),” the IMD said in its bulletin.

It added that the cyclonic storm is likely to move north-northeastwards and cross the Bangladesh coast close to Khepupara with a wind speed of 60-70 kmph gusting to 80 kmph during the evening and night of 17 November.