Pradeep Kumar Jena, Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) has alerted 15 Districts Collectors as the depression over Bay of Bengal set to intensify into a cyclone and trigger widespread rainfall.
So Mr.Jena on 5 November has put on alert at least the District Collectors to deal with a possible flood-like situation in Balasore, Bhadrak, Kendrapara, Jagatsinghpur, Ganjam, Puri, Gajapati, Koraput, Rayagada, Nabarangpur, Kalahandi, Kandhamal, Boudh, Nuapada and Malkangiri.
Mr.Jena said the State Government has taken all precautionary measures to deal with any situation.
Department of Agriculture and Farmers’ Empowerment has also asked farmers to take appropriate safeguards in time to save their crops, harvested paddy and vegetables
As the depression moved westwards and lay centered over east-central and adjoining southeast Bay of Bengal and North Andaman Sea, about 890 km south-southeast of Paradip in Odisha and 980 km south-southeast of Sagar Islands in West Bengal, it is likely to intensify into a deep depression shortly and into a cyclonic storm on Wednesday.
IMD Director General Mrutyunjay Mohapatra said chances of the cyclone hitting the Odisha coast are very low.
The system is expected to move west-northwestwards initially and then north-northwestwards, towards West Bengal, adjoining Bangladesh and north Odisha coasts, Mr.Mohapatra said.
"However, the exact direction the Cyclone will take and possible location of its landfall are yet to be ascertained," DG, IMD pointed out.
The likelihood of a cyclonic storm in the region comes barely six months after Super Storm FANI devastated 14 Coastal Districts of Odisha on 3 May, claiming around 64 lives.
The cyclone warning also comes a fortnight after six people were killed in rains that battered Odisha under the impact of a low pressure area.
Mr.Mohapatra said light to moderate rainfall at most places over the coastal districts of Odisha is likely to commence from November 9.
In West Bengal, light to moderate rainfall at many places and heavy rain at isolated locations might commence over the coastal districts from the same day, an IMD bulletin said.
Under its impact, squally winds with speeds reaching 40-50 kmph and gusting up to 60 kmph is likely to prevail over northwest Bay of Bengal off Odisha-West Bengal coasts from the evening of November 8, and gradually increase thereafter, official said.
Seas will be rough over west-central and adjoining northwest Bay of Bengal, and along and off Odisha-West Bengal coasts from the evening of 8 November.
"It will be rough to very rough over north Bay of Bengal during November 8 and 9 and very high to phenomenal on November 10 morning," the IMD Bulletin said.
Fishermen have been advised not to venture into the sea along and off Odisha-West Bengal coasts from 8 November onwards.