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Laila likely to hit state

KOLKATA, 19 MAY: The cyclonic storm Laila is likely to hit the coastal areas of West Bengal and Orissa on Thursday night or Friday morning. Weathermen have forecast rains and squally weather in the city due to the cyclone in the coastal belt and have advised fishermen not to go out into the sea.
Laila is likely to intensify further and move in a northeasterly to northerly direction and cross the Andhra Pradesh coast between Nellore and Kakinada, close to Machilipatnam by Thursday morning. “After this, there is a chance that the cyclone will move towards Orissa and West Bengal affecting the weather in the coastal regions,” said Dr GC Debnath, director, Alipore Meteorological office. Finance minister Mr Asim Dasgupta held a meeting to discuss ways to handle disaster management in an efficient manner. The state has decided to send 4.28 lakh tarpaulins to the districts. Meanwhile, two persons were killed and four fishermen injured as heavy rains battered coastal Tamil Nadu while a full alert was sounded in Andhra Pradesh.

Soma Basu

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