The district administration had relocated over 8, 300 people to different cyclone shelter homes and ensured food supply throughout the day. No life loss has been reported in the district due to the preemptive evacuation and relief operation by the district administration, NDRF, ODRAF and fire officials.
Earlier on Monday, Koraput, Gajapati and several other southern districts of Odisha recorded very to very heavy rainfall under the influence of the cyclonic storm. In the last 24 hours, Pottangi in Koraput has experienced highest rainfall - 148.0mm followed by Mahendragarh with 89.4mm.
The heavy downpour has caused inundation in several low-lying areas of the district. Following the flow of floodwater on the Raipur-Vizianagaram National Highway 26, which passes through the valley, some people have been shifted to a nearby local cooperative society building.
Heavy rainfall warning has been issued for the next 24 hours over some districts of south Odisha and adjoining north Andhra Pradesh under the impact of deep depression (remnant of Cyclonic Storm ‘GULAB’).
The weather bureau has issued Orange Alert for the districts of Nabarangpur, Koraput and Malkangiri with a forecast of heavy to very heavy rainfall. Similarly, some other regions like Nuapada, Bolangir, Rayagada and Kalahandi have been put in Yellow zones with forecast of heavy rainfall.
The Chief Secretary advised them to keep a vigil on such places where people are likely to cross over to other side during overflow of the streams. He asked them to appoint special officers in every mandal to avoid any human and asset loss.
The atmospheric pressure of the Bay of Bengal will rise to 1008 Mb in the next 72 hours preventing formation of any fresh low pressure area for the next 120 hours. But monsoon is now strong over the Andaman sea. Ready to host a LOPAR during Durga Puja
Cyclonic storm ’Gulab’ is approaching the coast faster and is expected to hit the coast much earlier than anticipated.
Keeping in mind the likely impact of Cyclone Gulab, schools and educational institutions in 11 districts of Odisha will remain closed on Monday (September 27), informed Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) Pradeep Jena.
The landfall process of Cyclone Gulab is likely to commence from the evening today (September 26). Latest weather report suggests that the cyclonic storm, which is expected to hit the coast between Kalingapatnam and Gopalpur during midnight, moved westwards with a speed of 18 km per hour during the last 3 hours.
The authorities also announced regulation of 10 trains in South Eastern Railway, Central Railway and South Central Railway as per the situation
The East Coast Railway (ECoR) has cancelled as many as 28 trains in view of cyclonic storm Gulab which is likely to make landfall between Kalingapatnam of Andhra and Gopalpur in Odisha around Sunday midnight.
The Cyclonic Storm 'Gulab' over northwest and adjoining westcentral Bay of Bengal lay centered at 5:30AM Sunday morning (September 26), about 270 km east-southeast of Gopalpur (Odisha) and 330 km east of Kalingapatnam (Andhra Pradesh).
The ECoR said that all necessary precautions have been taken in view of the forecast of heavy rain with cyclonic wind.
The cyclone will make landfall between Kalingapatanam in Andhra Pradesh and Gopalpur in Odisha.
SRC PK Jena today said that already 5,000 people have been evacuated and the Chief Minister has directed to complete the evacuation process by 4:30 pm today.
Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) PK Jena said that the CM has directed Collectors of 11 districts to keep schools and other educational institutions closed tomorrow in view of the cyclone.
The cyclonic storm is likely to trigger heavy rains at one or two places over Srikakulam, Vizianagaram and Visakhapatnam districts over the next 24 hours. The IMD has issued red warning for these districts.
As per the latest weather bulletin, cyclonic storm Gulab is about 180 km East-Southeast of Gopalpur and 240 km East-northeast of Kalingapatnam in Andhra Pradesh.
The cyclonic storm is likely to cause some damage in different parts of Odisha due to strong winds and heavy rainfall.
Odisha Special Relief Commissioner PK Jena tweeted, “The cyclonic storm is likely to move nearly westwards and cross north Andhra Pradesh-south Odisha coasts between Kalingapatnam and Gopalpur around mid-night of September 26.”
IMD on Sunday said that the cyclonic storm lay centered about 310km east-southeast of Gopalpur and 380 km east of Kalingapatnam in neighbouring Andhra Pradesh.
As per the Regional Meteorological Centre Bhubaneswar, the cyclonic storm ‘Gulab’ over northwest and adjoining west-central Bay of Bengal moved nearly westwards with a speed of 7kmph in the last six hours.
The advisory issued for the period from 8.30 am September 26 to 8.30 am September 27 has highlighted warnings, possible impacts apart from suggesting actions in view of the storm.
In view of cyclonic storm 'Gulab' which is forecast to make landfall somewhere on north Andhra Pradesh - south Odisha coasts between Kalingapatnam & Gopalpur, the East Coast Railway (ECoR) has canceled several trains apart from diverting and rescheduling some others.