Odisha Govt keeping a close watch on cyclonic storm
Bhubaneswar: Odisha Government said they are keeping a close watch on cyclonic storm, which is brewing in the Bay of Bengal.
“As per the IMD report, there is less possibility of cyclonic storm hitting the Odisha coast. However, a clear picture will emerge after the formation of the cyclonic storm,” said Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) Pradeep Jena on Wednesday.
The depression over east-central and adjoining southeast Bay of Bengal and North Andaman Sea moved north-westwards in the past 24 hours and intensified into a deep depression on Wednesday, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.
“It is very likely to intensify into a cyclonic storm during the next 24 hours and into a severe cyclonic storm during the subsequent 24 hours. It is very likely to move northwestwards for some time and then north-northwestwards towards West Bengal and Bangladesh coasts,” it said.
The Met department said squally wind speed reaching 40-50 kmph gusting to 60 kmph is likely to commence over northwest Bay of Bengal off Odisha coast from November 8 evening and gradually increasing thereafter.
Farmers have been advised to harvest medium duration crops before the arrival of cyclone, which is likely to trigger rain in several parts of the State from November 8.
The Government has already asked 15 district collectors to stay alert in view of heavy rainfall and waterlogging problems.