Vikash Sharma

In a major update from the India Meteorological Department (IMD), the probable cyclonic storm ‘Sitrang’ is likely to spare Odisha and move towards West Bengal – Bangladesh coasts.

The IMD in its latest forecast clearly mentioned that the low pressure formed today is likely to move west-northwestwards and concentrate into a Depression over eastcentral and adjoining South east Bay of Bengal around October 22.

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Further, the system will concentrate into a deep depression on October 23. Subsequently, it is very likely to recurve northwards and intensify into a cyclonic storm over westcentral and adjoining eastcentral Bay of Bengal by October 24.

“As per the model, it is likely to move gradually north-northeastwards andreach near West Bengal - Bangladesh coasts on October 25 skirting the Odisha coast,” tweeted IMD’s Regional Centre in Bhubaneswar.

With Odisha bracing up for possible cyclonic storm Sitrang, the State Chief Secretary has convened an emergency meeting today. Chief Secretary Suresh Chandra Mohapatra will hold a high-level meeting with other stakeholders at 5pm today to review the preparedness of different departments amid increasing threat of the probable cyclone in coastal areas of the State.

(Reported By Sibaband Rout)