Assuaging the fear and apprehension of cyclone, Special Relief Commissioner Pradeep Jena on Sunday said there is no fear of flood-like situation in the State due to cyclonic storm Asani induced rainfall and preventive measures are in place to tackle water logging problem in low lying areas.
“While Odisha Disaster Rapid Action Force (ODRAF) teams are kept ready for Ganjam, Puri, Astarang, Jagatsinghpur and Kendrapara districts, the district Collectors have been empowered to take steps for evacuation if necessary,” Jena informed.
The cyclone will not make a landfall in Odisha and it will cross Oidsha and Andhra Pradesh parallel to the States’ coast. While crossing the coast, it will be at a distance of 90 to 100 kilometres away from Puri. Under it influence, the coastal areas are likely to witness wind reaching the speed of 50 kmph, said Jena.
Under the influence of Cyclone ‘Asani’, while districts like Gajapati, Ganjam and Puri are likely to experience heavy rainfall on May 10, Ganjam, Puri, Khordha, Cuttack and Jagatsinghpur will witness heavy downpour on May 11. Similarly, heavy rainfall forecast has been made for Puri, Jagatsinghpur, Cuttack, Kendrapara, Bhadrak and Balasore districts on May 12, Jena informed.
“All the Odisha boats have returned from the sea. But in Chilika, maximum boats have returned and we will take steps for the rest of the boats tomorrow," Jena added.
Meanwhile, Danger Signal 1 has been hoisted at 4 ports - Paradip, Gopalpur, Dhamra and Puri, and fishermen have been warned against venturing into sea.