Odisha govt takes precautionary measures for possible cyclone threat
Bhubaneswar, Nov 29: The Odisha government has issued a heightened alert for seven coastal districts in response to the development of a cyclonic storm in the Bay of Bengal.
Satyabrata Sahu, the Special Relief Commissioner, has instructed the collectors of Ganjam, Puri, Khordha, Jagatsinghpur, Bhadrak, Kendrapara, and Balasore districts to be prepared for potential impacts from the approaching cyclone.
According to the Bhubaneswar Meteorological Department, a low-pressure area over the South Andaman Sea has moved westwards and now lies over the South Andaman Sea. The system is expected to continue its west-northwestward movement and intensify into a depression over the southeast Bay of Bengal by November 30.
Subsequently, it is forecasted to move northwestwards and further intensify into a cyclonic storm over the Southwest and adjoining Southeast Bay of Bengal within the next 48 hours.
The regional meteorological center predicts light to moderate rain or thundershowers in specific areas such as Koraput, Nabarangpur, Kalahandi, Nuapada, Bolangir, Bargarh, Jharsuguda, Sundargarh, Keonjhar, and Mayurbhanj. Meanwhile, dry weather is expected to prevail in the remaining districts of Odisha.
In light of the approaching cyclone, fishermen are strongly advised to avoid venturing into the deep sea areas of the Central Bay of Bengal starting from December 1. Those already at sea are urged to return to the coast by the same date.
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