The cyclone may die out, but the state is preparing with an evacuation plan | Bhubaneswar News

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BHUBANESWAR: Even though Indian Department of Meteorology (IMD) forecasts suggest that the impending cyclone is likely to spare Odisha, the state government has decided to evacuate people staying in low-lying areas as a precautionary measure.
The government has instructed collectors in four districts of Ganjam, Puri, Jagatsingpur and Kendrapada to evacuate people from low-lying areas to cyclone shelters by Tuesday.
The cyclonic storm which is expected to intensify into a severe cyclonic storm by Sunday evening, is expected to pass over the sea about 150-200 km from the coast of Odisha. Under its influence, coastal districts are expected to receive moderate rainfall between 7 and 11 cm with wind speed reaching 40 to 50 km/h on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, IMD said.
According to the forecast, the coast of Odisha is unlikely to face the fury of the cyclonic storm. “There is a chance of heavy to moderate rains in some districts, which could lead to waterlogging in low-lying areas. We have alerted collectors in coastal districts to have cyclone shelters ready and start evacuating people living in mud and thatched houses to safer places by Tuesday evening, if necessary. We have to be ready for any eventuality,” said Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) PK Jena.
The cyclonic storm was centered 850km southeast of Visakhapatnam near the Andhra Pradesh coast and 930km south-southeast of Puri on Sunday. After intensifying into a severe cyclonic storm, it is very likely to move northwest through Tuesday evening and most likely turn back to the north-northeast and move north -west of the Bay of Bengal, off the coast of Odisha.
Squall winds reaching up to 40-50 km/h and gusts to 60 km/h are expected to blow along and off the coast of Odisha on Wednesday and Thursday. “The state is likely to witness rainfall between 7cm and 11cm these days,” said Uma Shankar Das, a meteorologist at the IMD center in Bhubaneswar.
The SRC has also asked collectors to move pregnant women, who are expected to give birth in the next 15 days, to nearby government health centres. By Monday evening, six ODRAF (Odisha Disaster Rapid Action Force) teams will be deployed in Puri, Ganjam, Bhadrak, Jagatsinghpur and Kendrapada districts.
In addition, collectors in 18 districts including Bhubaneswar and Cuttack municipalities have been advised to stand ready to discharge rainwater to avoid waterlogging in low-lying areas.
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