Location: Bihar, Odisha, and West Bengal, India
Event: According to the Indian Meteorological Department, Cyclone Yaas is expected to make landfall between the coasts of Odisha and West Bengal by the morning of May 26. Bihar, Odisha, and West Bengal will likely experience severe weather conditions. U.S. citizens should expect extremely heavy rainfall, gale force winds, and hazardous sea conditions. Low-lying areas might be flooded. Potential threats include damaged structures and falling objects; electricity, communication systems, and roadways may be disrupted.
Actions to Take:
· Monitor local media and the Indian Meteorological Department (https://mausam.imd.gov.in/) for weather updates.
· Seek secure shelter if a cyclone is affecting your area.
· Prepare to shelter in place until conditions improve by having enough drinking water, food, and other supplies at your residence. Review the list of recommended items for an emergency at https://www.ready.gov/kit.
· Make contingency plans to leave.
· Have evacuation plans that do not rely on U.S. government assistance.
· Notify friends and family of your safety.
U.S. citizens may monitor English-language Indian media at the following:
· The Hindu, https://www.thehindu.com/
· The Indian Express, https://indianexpress.com/
· The Telegraph, https://www.telegraphindia.com/
· The Times of India, https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/
U.S. Consulates General Hyderabad and Kolkata are only providing emergency services due to the pandemic situation and local restrictions. Operations and ability to provide assistance to U.S. citizens may be further limited during cyclone impact. If you or your U.S. citizen family member face an emergency such as arrest, hospitalization, or death, please call +91-40-4033 8300 for Hyderabad (Odisha and Andhra Pradesh) or +91-33-3984-2400 for Kolkata (West Bengal and all other eastern states). Alternatively, please email HydACS@state.gov or KolkataACS@state.gov.
U.S. Embassy New Delhi
Shanti Path, Chanakyapuri 110021
+91 11 2419 8000
U.S. Consulate General Chennai (Madras)
220 Anna Salai, Gemini Circle, 600006
+91 44 2857 4000
U.S. Consulate General Hyderabad
Paigah Palace, 1-8-323 Chiran Fort Lane, Begumpet Secunderabad 500003
+91 40 4033 8300
U.S. Consulate General Kolkata (Calcutta)
5/1 Ho Chi Minh Sarani 700071
+91 33 3984 2400
U.S. Consulate General Mumbai (Bombay)
C 49 G Block Bandra Kurla Complex, Bandra East, Mumbai 400051
+91 22 2672 4000