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Vikash Sharma

Bhubaneswar: Even as the Union Territory of Andaman and Nicobar islands is now out of danger, the impact of Cyclone Bulbul is likely to be seen in coastal Odisha and West Bengal, informed National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) DG, SN Pradhan on Thursday.

“We have deployed 17 teams each in Odisha and West Bengal, especially where there are chances of heavy rain,” said Pradhan.

Meteorological sources said that Bulbul is likely to turn into a severe cyclonic storm within 6 hours & likely to move towards West Bengal and Bangladesh.

IMD DG Mrutyunjay Mohapatra informed that several parts of north coastal Odisha districts including Bhadrak, Kendrapara, Balasore, and Jagatsinghpur will experience rainfall on November 9. The wind speed may also be around around 70 to 80 kmph.

Bulbul is likely to trigger light to moderate rain in the north coastal districts and isolated heavy falls in Puri, Kendrapara and Jagatsinghpur districts on November 8.

"Heavy to very heavy rain has been forecasted for Balasore, Bhadrak, Kendrapara and Jagatsinghpur districts with chances of heavy rain at isolated places in Mayurbhanj, Cuttack and Jajpur districts on November 9.

Addressing a presser, Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) Pradip Jena informed that as per IMD forecast, wind speed is likely to remain high and there are chances of heavy rainfall also. In view of the forecast, we have asked Collectors of several districts to remain alert and take necessary steps to tackle the situation. Authorities have also been instructed to carry out evacuation of people, if needed.

“It has been decided to deploy two ODRAF teams and one NDRF team each in nine districts. All the fishing boats have returned to shore and no fishermen are being allowed to venture into sea,” said Jena.

Authorities of Kendrapara, Puri, Balasore, Cuttack, Kendrapara, Mayurbhanj, Bhadrak, Jajpur and Jagatsinghpur have ordered closure of schools in the respective districts for two days from tomorrow as a precautionary measure.

Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister, PK Mishra today held a high-level meeting with Chief Secretaries of Odisha, West Bengal and Andaman and Nicobar Islands to review preparedness to deal with the natural calamity.

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