IMD rules out cyclone, predicts heavy rainfall for Odisha

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Bhubaneswar: The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) today ruled out possibility of a cyclone in Odisha due to the well marked low pressure area over southeast Bay of Bengal that concentrated into a depression and lay centered about 1250 km to south-southeast of Gopalpur.

However, the IMD predicted heavy rainfall for southern and coastal parts of state from December 7.

The depression system is likely to intensify further into a deep depression in the next 48 hours then move west-northwestwards towards north Tamil Nadu- south Andhra Pradesh coasts during the course of next three days. However, there is a probability of slight weakening of the system when it reaches near Andhra Pradesh coast, said a press release of the IMD.

Director of regional Met office Sarat Sahu said Southern parts of the state are likely to witness rainfall between December 7 and December 9 and heavy showers at isolated places on December 8 and 9.

Besides, wind speed reaching 40-50 kmph increasing to 60 kmph is likely to prevail along and off Andhra Pradesh and south Odisha coasts from December 7 evening to 9 and decrease thereafter.

The SRC has warned fishermen not to venture into sea till December 9 morning.

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Earlier on Tuesday, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik directed collectors of several districts to stay alert and ensure measures for the safekeeping of harvested paddy crops stashed on paddy fields and mandis.

The state government has also asked all the district administration to complete the disbursement of input subsidy to beneficiaries who incurred crop loss due to pest attack and unseasonal rain within December 15.

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