A deep depression over the Bay of Bengal has strengthened into a cyclone “Sitrang”, the Indian Meteorological Department, or IMD, said today.
According to IMD, the storm, named Sitrang by Thailand, will reach the West Bengal-Bangladesh coast on Tuesday.
The weather office said the northeast region could be hit with heavy to extreme rainfall, with winds of up to 60 km/h on Monday.
Tripura will be hardest hit with up to 200mm of rain expected in 24 hours, the IMD said.
“Red Alerts” have been issued for Tripura, Assam, Mizoram, Manipur and Nagaland. An “orange warning” has been issued for Arunachal Pradesh and West Bengal.
The Tripura government ordered the closure of all educational institutes until October 26.
Officials said the National Disaster Response Force, or NDRF, in the northeastern states likely to be affected by the cyclone was on standby.
State governments have asked the NDRF authorities to deploy additional forces in areas where heavy to very heavy rain is likely.
Three southern districts of Assam – Cachar, Karimganj and Hailakandi; all 11 districts of Mizoram, all eight districts of Tripura and most of Nagaland’s 16 districts are on “red alert”.
The Tripura government has canceled the leave of all officials for the next week.
The Tripura government has taken a number of steps including regulating the movement of vehicles across the state on October 25 and 26, opening up enough relief with the appropriate amount of relief materials, etc.