The West Bengal authorities has alerted three coastal districts because the perigean tide, coinciding with the brand new moon right now, may ship saline water from the ocean once more into among the villages, inundating the low-lying areas.

The tide is predicted to hit round 10am on Friday. According to the forecast of the Kolkata Port Trust, the water degree might attain as much as 5.1m at Sagar, positioned on the confluence of river Hooghly and the Bay of Bengal.

Chief minister Mamata Banerjee had earlier mentioned that at the least 20,000 folks have been to be evacuated from two islands – Sagar and Mousuni – the place breaches within the embankments, attributable to Cyclone Yaas on May 26, have been but to be repaired.

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“We are all prepared. Villagers have been alerted. A few thousand people from some low-lying areas have been evacuated and shifted to relief camps. Most of the vulnerable and damaged portions of the embankments have been strengthened and repaired,” mentioned Bankim Chandra Hazra, Sunderban affairs minister.

Cyclone Yaas, which coincided with the perigean spring tide on May 26, inflicted heavy harm to the river embankments within the Sunderbans, flooding a number of villages. Many are nonetheless inundated beneath a number of ft of water. Over and above this, a low stress has developed within the Bay of Bengal which can set off rain. Monsoon can also be more likely to hit anytime.

In Kolkata too, town’s civic physique and police are on alert as river water might enter among the low-lying areas, positioned alongside the banks of river Hooghly and the Tolly Canal. At Garden Reach close to Kolkata, the tide peak might hit 5.38m within the afternoon.

“The Kolkata municipal corporation and Kolkata police have taken all steps. School buildings have been kept open so that, if necessary, we can shift some of the slum dwellers from the low-lying areas. Pumps have been kept ready so that water can be drained out. The lock gates have been closed so that river water doesn’t enter when the water level rises,” mentioned Firhad Hakim, state minister.

Officials, nonetheless, mentioned one other perigean tide that coincides with the total moon would hit round June 25 – 26. The peak of the water would rise additional throughout that tide. At Sagar, it could attain as much as 5.67m.

“Such tides are nothing new but this time we are concerned because Cyclone Yaas has left breaches in the embankments through which the water may enter the villages,” mentioned an official of the catastrophe administration division.

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