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DMs On High Alert

Bhubaneswar: Holding a high-level meeting on the possible cyclone in Bay of Bengal, ACS Revenue & Disaster Management & Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) Satyabrata Sahu on Tuesday asked concerned District Collectors to remain alert.  

In view of the India Meteorological Department’s (IMD) forecast regarding formation of a cyclone over west central Bay of Bengal around October 23 or 24. Sahu chaired the review meeting with concerned Department officials and District Collectors this afternoon.

“The SRC has asked the District Collectors to remain on alert and the officials have been asked to remain present in headquarters as there is a three-day holiday from October 23 to 25,” said OSDMA Executive Director Gyana Ranjan Das.

The IMD has yet to predict the path, intensity and areas of rainfall of the cyclone. So, when a clear picture will be developed, further instructions will be issued, he said.

Earlier in the day, IMD had stated that a low pressure area is likely to develop under the influence of a cyclonic circulation in the next 48 hours. As per IMD, the system is likely to move west-northwestwards and concentrate into a depression by October 22 morning over Central Bay of Bengal.

Subsequently, it is very likely to intensify further into a cyclonic storm over West Central Bay of Bengal.

If the cyclone forms, it will be named as Sitrang, a name given by Thailand.