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Cyclonic storm to cross between Gopalpur-Kalingapatnam around Thursday morning

Bhubaneswar: 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 morning of October 11 morning.

Meanwhile, Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) Bishnupada Sethi has asked all the districts collectors to keep the administrative machinery in full preparedness to meet any eventuality for possible cyclone.

All officers will remain in headquarters and not to avail leave till the cyclone situation is over Odisha.

There is forecast of heavy to very heavy rainfall at isolated places in Gangetic West Bengal and heavy rainfall at isolated places in North Coastal Andhra Pradesh during the same period and the rainfall intensity is likely to reduce from October 12.

In view of this warning, there is likelihood of rapid rise in water levels in the basins of Subarnarekha including Burhabalang, Brahmani and Baitarni, Mahanadi, Rishikulya, Vamshadhara and Nagavali basins in the States of Odisha, West Bengal and Andhra Pradesh from October 10.

Rise in inflows is also likely in the dams in above basins. Strict vigil has to be maintained at all vulnerable places for flooding and releases from dams have to be undertaken as per Standard Operating procedures and warning downstream areas well in advance of release taking into consideration downstream flooding conditions and the high swell waves associated with movement of cyclonic storms.

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