Cyclone Bulbul may trigger heavy rains in Odisha
Bhubaneswar: Cyclone Bulbul may trigger heavy rains and strong winds in Odisha from Friday, according to India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Thursday.
After a high-level preparatory meeting on cyclone Bulbul, Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) Pradeep Jena informed that all schools in Balasore, Bhadrak, Cuttack, Kendrapara, Jagatsinghpur, Puri, Khurda, Mayurbhanj and Jajpur districts will remain closed on November 9.
SRC Jena said, “Two ODRAF teams each have been deployed in 9 districts. One NDRF team each have been despatched to six districts and fire services personnel kept on standby.”
Balasore district authorities have cancelled holiday of all government officials for two days on Friday and Saturday in view of cyclone Bulbul.
Earlier, as a precautionary measure, the district administrations in Puri, Jagatsinghpur and Kendrapara had ordered closure of schools and anganwadi centres for two days from Friday.
According to the IMD, Bulbul will cause light to moderate rain in the north coastal districts and isolated heavy falls in Puri, Kendrapara and Jagatsinghpur districts on November 8.
“Heavy to very heavy rains have been forecast for Balasore, Bhadrak, Kendrapara and Jagatsinghpur districts and heavy rains at isolated places in Mayurbhanj, Cuttack and Jajpur districts on November 9,” the IMD said.
The IMD has predicted gale reaching 70-80 kmph and increasing to 90 kmph towards November 9 afternoon in Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapara, Balasore and Bhadrak districts. Puri, Ganjam and Jajpur districts are likely to experience squall (40-50 kmph to 60 kmph) on November 8-9.
The IMD has also issued warning on likely damage to property in the coastal districts.