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Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

Bhubaneswar: The cold wave condition which returned to the State after a brief lull is likely to continue for next couple of days, the weather department said.

As many as 11 districts witnessed a dip in mercury level forcing Met department to issue yellow warning.

[caption id="attachment_514192" align="aligncenter" width="750"]Bonfire People are seen warming themselves around a bonfire at different places[/caption]

The cold condition is very likely to persist at several places in the districts like Sundargarh, Jharsuguda, Keonjhar, Mayurbhanj, Deogarh, Bargarh, Sambalpur, Bolangir, Sonepur, Boudh and Angul with a drop in night temperature for the next two days, the met department said.

Met sources said, shallow to moderate fog was reported from some places in the State. Similarly, night temperature observed a fall at few places in interior parts of Odisha.

[caption id="attachment_514193" align="aligncenter" width="750"]Physical exercise Physical exercise in the morning has become daily affairs for people to beat cold condition[/caption]

The Met department also warned people of the possible impacts of the cold wave situation and suggested actions to be taken to protect their lives and properties.

People should stay indoors during night and early morning to avoid prolonged exposure to the cold, it said. Livestock should be kept under shed or indoors, it added.

In a letter to all district Collectors and the Commissioners of municipal corporations, the Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) said that there is a likelihood of cold-related illness among the people which may get aggravated due to prolonged exposure.

Movement during the night, especially in two-wheelers or in open cars, must be avoided and necessary safety measures should be taken while using electrical and gas-heating devices or fire, the SRC suggested.

[caption id="attachment_514195" align="aligncenter" width="750"]Dip fog Dip fog engulfs Rourkela[/caption]

The district collectors are required to ensure that school buildings, community buildings and other available buildings are opened for use as shelter during the night for the homeless and needy people, the official said.

[caption id="attachment_514196" align="aligncenter" width="750"]People warming People are seen warming themselves around a bonfire at different places[/caption]

Necessary public awareness campaigns could be organised on ‘do’s and don’ts’ to protect human and livestock from the cold wave, the SRC directed.

(Edited by Dilip Kumar)

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