Cyclone Yaas update: Eden Gardens to provide shelter to Maidan clubs' ground staff

Yaas, which is classified as a 'very severe cyclonic storm', is predicted to hit Kolkata on Wednesday evening with wind speeds of over 150kph.

Eden Gardens

A general view of the Eden Gardens under covers in 2018.   -  PTI

The space under the Eden Gardens galleries will be used as a makeshift shelter arrangement for the ground staff of Kolkata Maidan clubs when the approaching cyclone Yaas strikes the city, the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) said on Monday.

Yaas, which is classified as a 'very severe cyclonic storm', is predicted to hit the city on Wednesday evening with wind speeds of over 150kph.

The makeshift arrangement will also have provision for food.

"There are many sports clubs and institutions which have their tents in the Maidan which could be vulnerable and prone to high risk due to the cyclonic activity.

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"Therefore as a precautionary measure, the CAB has decided to make a shelter arrangement along with provision for food and other amenities in the under galleries of Eden Gardens from Tuesday evening to Thursday morning," CAB president Avishek Dalmiya said in a statement.

The clubs wanting to evacuate their ground staff have been asked to contact joint secretary Debabrata Das (Mobile: 9831289067).

"The facility would be offered to other sports associations too," it added.

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