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Govt ready for cyclone, says Odisha CM

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Reported by Chinmaya Dehury
Bhubaneswar, Oct 7:

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today said the government is well prepared for the cyclonic storm that is likely to hit the Odisha coast around October 12.

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“The government is fully prepared for the possible cyclonic storm,” Patnaik said on his return from New Delhi this afternoon.

Meanwhile, panic gripped people in coastal Odisha after the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) indicated that the low pressure formed over Tenasserim Coast and adjoining Andaman Sea has concentrated into a depression which is located 1380 km south-east of Gopalpur this morning.

“The Depression will move in a west-northwesterly direction and intensify into a Deep Depression within the next 24-hours and further intensify into a cyclonic storm thereafter,” said a bulletin released by IMD this afternoon.

The Odisha government has asked 16 district collectors to remain on high alert to meet any eventuality arising out of the possible cyclonic storm.

The office of the Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) has also asked the Odisha Disaster Rapid Action Force (ODRAF) and fire brigade personnel to be prepared for relief and rescue operations in the districts that could be affected by the cyclone.

These districts are Baleswar, Kendrapara, Bhadrak, Jagatsinghpur, Puri, Ganjam, Mayurbhanj, Jajpur, Cuttack, Khordha, Nayagarh, Gajapati, Dhenkanal, Keonjhar, Malkangiri and Koraput districts, informed deputy relief commissioner Pravat Ranjan Mohapatra.

Accuweather, a top weather site has made the following observations:

“As of early Tuesday morning, EDT, an area of low pressure is centered over the Andaman Sea. Despite the disorganization, plenty of deeper convection can be observed on Infrared Satellite imagery. This low is drifting west and is forecast to begin to organize over the warm waters of Andaman Sea during the next 24-36 hours. Ultimately, potential is for this weather system to become a tropical cyclone over the eastern Bay of Bengal late in the week. This disturbance will threaten the central coast of India by the end of this week or early this weekend with the potential for heavy rain, strong winds and coastal flooding.”