West Bengal’s Durga Puja celebrations at risk as cyclone Hamoon brews over Bay of Bengal


India is currently celebrating the Navratri festival, a nine-day-long festivity. However, West Bengal, famous for its vibrant Navratri celebrations, is facing a potential challenge. A cyclone named Hamoon is forming in the Bay of Bengal, leading to a risk of heavy rainfall.

The Weather Channel predicts that cyclone Hamoon will likely become a cyclonic storm within the next 12 hours. It is expected to move towards the north-northeast and cross the coast of Bangladesh between Khepupara and Chittagong on Wednesday. This cyclone will bring rain to India’s eastern states, particularly West Bengal and Odisha, coinciding with the final days of Navratri.

The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) forecasts moderate showers in the coastal districts of Odisha and West Bengal on Tuesday and Wednesday. The northeastern states can expect heavy rainfall over the next two days. Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram, Tripura, south Assam, and Meghalaya will experience light to moderate rainfall, with some areas receiving heavy showers until Thursday, October 26.

In light of this, the IMD has issued a yellow watch in major districts of West Bengal, including Howrah and Hoogly, for Tuesday. The rainy conditions are likely to impact the Durga Puja celebrations in the state. Additionally, the IMD has advised fishermen to avoid venturing into the sea along the coasts of Odisha and West Bengal until October 25 due to strong winds and rough sea conditions.

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