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Sharmili Mallick

Bhubaneswar: After a rise in minimum temperature for the past few days, the cold wave conditions have returned to Odisha throwing normal lives out of gear in several parts of the State.

The Regional Meteorological Centre in Bhubaneswar on Thursday said that night temperature will fall by two to three degrees at many places of the State from today.

"Minimum temperature is very likely to be below normal by 3-4 degree Celsius during next 3 days over the districts of interior Odisha. It will gradually rise by 2-3 degree Celsius after 3 days over the districts of Odisha,' said the Met Centre in its evening bulletin yesterday.

The Met Centre has also issued yellow warning for cold wave in Sundargarh and Jharsuguda districts today and on January 16 i.e. tomorrow.

In view of the cold wave alert issued by the Met, the Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) issued advisory for the municipal commissioners and collectors of all districts in the State.

The SRC observed that there is increased likelihood of cold related illness among people which may aggravate due to prolonged exposure to cold. Livestock may also be affected due to prolonged exposure to cold.

People in the districts under Yellow warning and also in other areas where intense cold is felt have been advised to stay indoors during night and avoid exposure to cold, stated the SRC.

Movement during night especially in two-wheelers or in open cars must be avoided, added the SRC.

The SRC also advised people to take necessary safety measures while using electrical and gas heating devices to beat the cold.

Collectors have been directed to make arrangements for opening of school buildings, community buildings and other available buildings for use as shelter during night by homeless and needy people.

“A report indicating the number of such buildings used as night shelters and number of people sheltered therein be sent to the office of SRC on daily basis till the cold wave situation is over,” read the SRC advisory.

The SRC has also asked the officials to undertake necessary public awareness campaign on do’s and don’ts to protect the people and livestock from cold wave both in rural and urban areas.

Similarly, fog- shallow to moderate is expected to occur at one or two places in 13 districts including, Balasore, Bhadrak, Jajpur, Kendrapara, Cuttack, Jagatsinghpur, Mayurbhanj, Khordha, Nayagarh, Puri, Kandhamal, Koraput and Rayagada, predicted the Met Centre.

On January 17, shallow to moderate fog is very likely to occur at one or two places over the districts of Puri, Khordha, Nayagarh, Ganjam, Gajapati, Kandhamal, Cuttack, Jagatsinghpur, Rayagada, Koraput and Malkangiri.

(Edited By Ramakant Biswas)

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