Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Tuesday chaired a review meeting on the preparedness to handle eventuality arising from likelihood of cyclone Kyant hitting Odisha coast. The Chief Secretary, DGP, Director Regional Meteorological Department, Special Relief Commissioner (SRC), Secretaries of the departments of Revenue, Food, Energy, Agriculture & Rural Development, NDRF, Fire and ODRAF representatives were also present in the meeting.
Regional Director Meteorological department informed in the meeting that the deep depression has turned into cyclone ‘Kyant’, which is lying 715 km away off the Gopalpur coast of Odisha. And currently it is moving in north-west direction and is likely to reach west-central Bay of Bengal.
Chief Minister also interacted with the 14 Collectors likely to be affected districts via video conference and directed them to be on alert. Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) PK Mohapatra briefing the reporters after the meeting said, the official holidays stand cancelled and the government staff have been asked to remain in field on October 29 and 30 to keep a close watch on the situation. The Collectors have also been asked to take measures to keep the harvested crop covered as rain is expected under the influence of the cyclonic storm. He also informed that the meteorological department’s prediction suggests that the cyclone is moving towards Andhra Pradesh.
According to a cyclone update bulletin released by Indian Meteorological department, “the deep depression over east-central Bay of Bengal moved further west-northwestwards in past 03 hours, intensified into a cyclonic storm ‘KYANT’ and lay centred at 0830 hrs IST of 25 th October, 2016 over east-central Bay of Bengal, near Latitude 17.0º N and Longitude 91.2º E, about 620 km north-northwest of Port Blair, 710 km south-southeast of Gopalpur and 850 km east of Vishakhapatnam The system will move initially west-northwestwards and then west to west-southwestwards towards westcentral Bay of Bengal during next 72 hours.”
During this time squally winds speed reaching 45-55 kmph gusting to 65 kmph is very likely to commence along and off Odisha and north coastal Andhra Pradesh coasts from October 27 onwards. The fishermen have been advised not to venture into sea along and off Odisha and north coastal Andhra Pradesh coasts from October 27 onwards.