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Cyclonic storm: 14 Odisha districts put on high alert

Bhubaneswar: At least 14 districts asked to be on high alert from Thursday morning to Friday morning as the deep depression over east-Bay of Bengal is likely to intensify into a cyclonic storm during next 24 hours and cross the Odisha and adjoining north Andhra Pradesh coasts between Gopalpur and Kalingapatnam around Thursday morning.

The districts are Kalahandi, Boudh, Kandhamal, Nayagarh, Cuttack, Khurda, Dhenkanal, Jajpur, Bhadrak, Gajapati, Ganjam, Puri, Jagatsinghpur and Kendrapara. Collectors of these districts have been asked to be on high alert from 8.30 am on Thursday to 8.30 am on Friday.

“The deep depression over east-central Bay of Bengal moved further west-northwestwards with a speed of about 10 kmph in last six hours and lay cantered over west-central Bay of Bengal, about 560 km southeast of Gopalpur and 510 km southeast of Kalingapatnam in Andhra Pradesh,” said the latest bulletin of the Meteorological Centre Bhubaneswar.

It is very likely to intensify into a cyclonic storm (Titli) during next 24 hours.

It is very likely to move west-northwestwards for some more time and then northwestwards and cross Odisha and adjoining north Andhra Pradesh coasts between Gopalpur and Kalingapatnam around Thursday morning, it added.

Earlier on Monday, the National Emergency Response Centre (NERC), under the Home Ministry, had also cautioned the Odisha Government against a possible cyclonic storm in the next two to three days.

The deep depression is most likely to concentrate into a cyclonic storm by the morning on Wednesday and hit the coast on Thursday morning.

Under its impact, strong wind will blow across the Odisha coast from the evening on October 10 till the afternoon on October 11 while the wind speed will increase to 80-100 kmph in the south coastal Odisha in the morning on October 11.

Deputy Relief Commissioner Prabhat Mohapatra said that the southern districts of Ganjam and Gajapati will be the most affected.

“Wind speed will be around 60 to 70 kmph with gusts of 90 to 100 kmph. Most parts of the State are likely to experience heavy to very heavy rainfall on October 10 and 11,” Mohapatra said.

Meanwhile, fishermen have been warned not to venture into the sea between October 9 and 12.

Special Relief Commissioner Bishnupada Sethi instructed that all officers will remain in headquarters and not to avail leave till the cyclone situation is over.

“District Emergency Operation Centres to function round the clock and the situation be closely monitored,” Sethi said.

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