Pradeep Pattanayak

The residents of the twin cities of Cuttack and Bhubaneswar on Friday woke up to a thick blanket of fog that enveloped most parts of the cities.

A chilly morning and a heavy layer of fog threw the normal life out of gear. Vehicular movements on lanes and by lanes were severely affected as visibility dropped to around 20 to 30 metres. In order to avoid mishaps, commuters were seen driving vehicles with their headlights on.

On Friday, a thick layer of fog was seen not only in the twin city but also in most parts of the State. 
The regional centre of the India Meteorological Department (IMD), Bhubaneswar has issued fog warnings for several districts till January 15. 

For Friday, fog warning was issued to six districts including Keonjhar, Angul, Dhenkanal, Jajpur, Cuttack and Khordha. 
Similarly, a yellow warning has been issued for six districts including Keonjhar, Angul, Dhenkanal, Cuttack, Nayagarh and Kandhamal for 24 hours, starting 8.30 am on January 13. 

Likewise, seven districts like Angul, Dhenkanal, Cuttack, Sonepur, Bolangir, Kalahandi and Kandhamal have been put on yellow warning for dense fog till 8.30 am on January 15. 

Meanwhile, the district Collectors and SPs of the concerned districts have been intimated about the foggy conditions. They have been directed to take necessary steps to avoid accidents caused by fog. As per the IMD’s forecast, the minimum temperature is likely to rise by 2 to 3 degrees Celsius during the next two days.


(Reported by Biswambar Das from Nilagiri and Dillip Sahu from Binika, OTV)