Cyclone Likely to Hit Odisha Coast; CM Patnaik Calls Meeting on Oct 25 to Review Preparedness

Bhubaneswar: The Meteorological department at Bhubaneswar has confirmed that a cyclonic storm is likely to head towards Odisha coast within a couple of days. Sarat Chandra Sahu, Director, MET office Bhubaneswar said, the deep depression which is likely to take shape of a cyclone will have an impact on coastal Odisha on October 27 and 28.

In the bulletin released by IMD on October 24 says “The deep depression over east central Bay of Bengal slightly moved northwards and lay centred at 1130 hrs IST of 24 October, 2016 over east central Bay of Bengal, near Latitude 16.5º N and Longitude 93.2º E, about 540 km north-northeast of Port Blair and 320 km west-southwest of Yangon. The system is very likely to intensify into a cyclonic storm during next 24 hours. It will move initially north-northwestwards and then northwestwards. It is very likely to reach northwest Bay of Bengal in the morning of 27. October, 2016”.

In a likelihood of the Cylone Kyant heading towards coastal Odisha, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has called an emergency meeting on Tuesday to review the preparedness of the State to face any eventuality arising out of the cyclone hitting the coast.

In an advisory issued by Special Relief commissioner PK Mohapatra has asked the farmers to keep the harvested crops covered and also not to panic as it may not impact Odisha and is likely to move towards the coast of Bangladesh.

Mohapatra also said that the department is also in constant touch with the IMD, New Delhi for updates. And the district collectors of the coastal districts have been asked to remain alert to face any untoward situation. The fishermen have also been asked not to venture out in the sea.

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