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Cyclone threat: Odisha govt alerts 16 districts

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tropical-storm cycloneOdisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Oct 7:

The Odisha government today asked the collectors of 16 districts to stay on high alert as the low pressure has now taken the shape of a depression near the Andaman coast this morning.

In an order, the office of the Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) directed the collectors of Baleswar, Kendrapara, Bhadrak, Jagatsinghpur, Puri, Ganjam, Mayurbhanj, Jajpur, Cuttack, Khordha, Nayagarh, Gajapati, Dhenkanal, Keonjhar, Malkangiri and Koraput districts to remain on high alert in view of the possibility of a cyclonic storm hitting the Odisha coast.

The collectors of these districts were asked to direct all district officials and employees and call up those who are on leave to remain present at the district headquarters during the period.

Besides, the collectors have also been directed to keep the Odisha Disaster Rapid Action Force (ODRAF) and Fire Brigade teams in readiness to tackle any eventuality.