The cyclonic storm ‘Gulab’ (pronounced as Gul-Aab) will make landfall by midnight, said India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Sunday.
Odisha Special Relief Commissioner PK Jena tweeted, “The cyclonic storm is likely to move nearly westwards and cross north Andhra Pradesh-south Odisha coasts between Kalingapatnam and Gopalpur around mid-night of September 26.”
The Cyclonic Storm Gulab over west-central Bay of Bengal moved nearly westwards with a speed of 10 kmph during last 6 hours and lay centered at 0530hrs IST of today about 270 km east-southeast of Gopalpur.
As a precautionary measure, the Odisha government has already speeded up the process of evacuation of people from several low-lying and hilly areas of different parts of the State which might bear the brunt of the cyclonic storm.
The senior officials of the State government are closely monitoring the situation and district administrations have already evacuated vulnerable population to safer places in view of the possible waterlogging, flash floods and landslides.
In Gajapati, the district administration has shifted nearly 600 people from several parts of Gumma, Gosani, Mohana and Raigad blocks to temporary shelters as a precautionary measure. The administration has identified 55 temporary shelters where the evacuated people will be accommodated. Two ODRAF and two NDRF teams have been deployed in the district to carry out necessary relief and rescue operations.