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Cyclone Skirts Odisha

Though the cyclonic storm formed over the Bay of Bengal is likely to intensify into a severe cyclonic storm over the next 24 hours and set to move towards West Bengal and Bangladesh coasts, skirting Odisha, State Government is taking all precautionary measures.

 
Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) Pradeep  Jena said a total of 15 districts, including Ganjam, Gajapati, Nayagarh, Puri, Khurda, Jagatsinghpur, Cuttack and Kendrapara, had been asked to keep their administrative machineries "fully prepared" to tackle any contingency.
 
As a precautionary measure, the State Government has asked all the District Administrations to closely watch the development of the cyclonic system, as it may trigger heavy rainfall in several areas.
 
These districts have been asked to remain prepared to deal with any possible waterlogging and flood-like situation, a state government official explained.
 
Cyclone 'Bulbul', moving at a speed of 7 kmph, was currently centred over east-central Bay of Bengal, about 730 km south-southeast of Paradip in Odisha and 830 km south-southeast of Sagar Islands in West Bengal, according to the Director of Bhubaneswar Meteorological Centre, HR Biswas.
 
IMD Director General Mrutyunjay Mohapatra said the cyclonic system was being monitored to ascertain the exact direction the storm and the possible location of its landfall.
 
"The cyclone is likely to intensify into a severe cyclonic storm. It is very likely to move north-northwestwards towards West Bengal and Bangladesh coasts," he said, adding that Odisha might be spared of its rage.
 
Officials have been told to ensure that no fisherman ventured into the sea from November 8 till further notice. Farmers have also been advised to take steps to protect crops and harvested paddy.
 
Mr.Biswas said light to moderate rainfall was likely to lash several places in the north coastal districts of Odisha from November 9 to 11.
 
Sea condition would be very rough in east-central Bay of Bengal till Thursday evening, and might become "phenomenal" thereafter in the adjoining northwest area, IMD Chief added.
 


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