In the far north of the Bay of Bengal, the storm, called Yaas, could hit east of West Bengal and Odisha on Wednesday.
Hurricane storms are looming on the east coast of India, the weather office has warned, as the dead are rising from a storm that ravaged the western part of the country affected by coronavirus last week.
Moving north to the Bay of Bengal, the devastation was created to create a hurricane – called Yaas – before it could strike and hit the eastern states of West Bengal and Odisha on Wednesday, India’s climate department said.
The storm could carry winds up to 165 kilometers (100 miles) an hour, hitting up to 185km (115 miles) an hour in the middle of Wednesday as the “Strongest Wind”, the third largest group, the department said on Sunday.
It also warned of flash floods up to 4 meters (13 feet) high along coastal areas.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said he would preside over the summit on the impending hurricane, forces and paramedics had been sent to assist in the preparation and rescue operation.
Hurricane Yaas is due to hit after the Tauktae hurricane, the first tropical storm in India this season, which devastated the western region of Gujarat last Monday.
The death toll from the storm rose to about 140 on Sunday, with 70 bodies rescued after a typhoon hit oil in Mumbai with several relief ships, naval officials said.
About 600 people were rescued by the navy but five are still missing from the oil crew who unloaded their anchors and drowned.
“Search & Rescue ops ships and helicopters / planes will continue through the area to find the remnants of dry ships,” the navy said in a statement on Sunday.
India, which borders India, bordering West Bengal, is said to be monitoring Yaas.
“All boats and fishermen have been ordered to come ashore as a precautionary measure. “Tomorrow (Monday) we will know where we are going,” Bangladesh meteorologist Motior Bazlur Rashid told AFP.
Scientists say storms in a densely populated region, disrupted by the deadly currents of COVID-19, are intensifying and intensifying as climate change causes warming of the oceans.
Last May, more than 110 people died after the “Super Cyclone” Amphan devastated eastern India and Bangladesh, demolishing villages, destroying farms and leaving millions without electricity.