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Vikash Sharma

In view of the impending cyclone threat, the Odisha government on Wednesday sounded an alert for all coastal districts of the State even though the India Meteorological Department (IMD) is still to predict the exact course and landfall location of the cyclonic storm.

Apart from the coastal belt, the State government has also asked the Collectors of Mayurbhanj and Nayagarh districts to step up preparedness and remain alert owing to the emergency situation arising out of the possible cyclonic storm. The decision to put the coastal districts on alert was taken in a high-level meeting chaired by the Chief Secretary, informed the Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) PK Jena.

As per Jena, the Collectors of districts which are likely to be affected in the event of the cyclone have been asked to step up work and focus on 8-action points.

The Collectors have asked to keep ready all existing cyclone shelter homes, carry out necessary evacuations from low-lying areas (if required) and help shifting the harvested crops/paddy to safety. Apart from this, the State government has also asked ODRAF, NDRF and Fire Service Personnel to remain in readiness to tackle any emergency situation arising out of the possible cyclone.

As per IMD, the low pressure system is likely to move west -northwestwards and concentrate into a Depression by tomorrow (December 2) and further intensify into a cyclonic storm over Central Bay of Bengal during subsequent 24 hours.

It likely to move northwestwards, intensify further and reach near north Andhra Pradesh-Odisha coasts by the morning of December, 4 2021.

“There is every possibility that it may take shape of a Severe Cyclonic Storm. Under its impact, several coastal districts of Odisha will start experiencing light to moderate rainfall from December 3. South Odisha districts may also experience heavy rainfall on December 3,” said IMD DG Mrutyunjay Mohapatra earlier today.

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