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Sanjeev Kumar Patro

Bhubaneswar: Even as the Met department has issued orange warning with a prediction that cold and severe cold wave conditions will sweep across half of Odisha's landscape, the big relief is sunny morning will greet residents in as many as 23 districts in the State on the New Year Day.

As per the latest IMD bulletin, while districts in north interior Odisha , Balasore, Bhadrak, Cuttack, Khurda, Puri, Nayagarh, Boudh, Sonepur and Bolangir will remain in the grip of cold wave, severe cold wave conditions will prevail in five districts, namely, Angul, Keonjhar, Mayubhanj, Balasore and Deogarh till Sunday.

The forecast has also predicted dense fog tomorrow in four districts, namely, Kandhamal, Kalahandi, Koraput and Bolangir. The IMD prediction makes a forecast that shows cold wave conditions will prevail in 14 districts till Monday.

But the last day of the departing year will witness cold wave conditions in only seven of its districts namely Angul, Boudh, Keonjhar, Mayurbhanj, Balasore, Sonepur and Bolangir.

With the State witnessing a long spell of cold wave and severe cold day conditions, SRC PK Jena instructed all district collectors to take necessary  precautionary steps to mitigate adverse impacts of cold wave.

"All blocks, tehsils and GramPanchayats have been also alerted to initiate essential steps in this regard," said PK Jena and he further added that district authorities have been asked to keep open schools and public buildings during the night hours for the shelter less poor and vulnerable. SRC has issued such advisory to minimise coldwave related  deaths in the State, even the Supreme Court had earlier directed all states to ensure zero casualty due to cold wave.

However,  a news of comfort for the New Year revellers is as many 23 districts will experience dry weather on the New Year Day. But rains and thundershowers will water down the new year outings in seven districts, namely, Sundergarh, Keonjhar, Jharsuguda, Sambalpur, Deogarh, Nuapada and Bargarh.

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