It is pertinent to mention here that the Indian Coast Guard had launched its Dornier aircraft to conduct a surveillance in the area close to the coast off Odisha and West Bengal and assist mariners who might have been affected or stranded during the passage of the cyclone.
A total of 83 villages were affected by cyclone Sitarang. At least 162 houses were either partially or fully damaged and 325.501 hectare crop was also damaged due to this cyclonic storm.
Cyclonic storm Sitrang may have spared West Bengal coast but it battered parts of neighbouring Bangladesh killing at least seven people.As per reports, seven people including three members of a family lost their lives following the collapse of a brick railing and uprooting of trees.
The impact was also not much in the Sunderbans, which was perceived to be most vulnerable.
Cyclone Sitrang | Visuals From Bengal’s Bakkhali Beach
The cyclonic storm Sitrang over west central and adjoining east central Bay of Bengal is likely to intensify into a severe cyclonic storm in the next 12 hours, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) predicted on Monday.
It is very likely to continue to move north-northeastwards and intensify further into a severe cyclonic storm during next 12 hours.
The cyclonic storm Sitrang has formed over Bay of Bengal and is likely to turn into a severe system in the next few hours, the IMD has said.
The depression that lay centred over the east-central Bay of Bengal has intensified into a deep depression.As per latest information shared by India Meteorological Department (IMD), the deep depression will further intensify into a cyclonic storm over central Bay of Bengal, and cross Bangladesh coast between Tinkona Island and Sandwip around 25th October early morning.
Several districts are on the alert over the possible cyclone.
It is very likely to recurve gradually north-northeast wards and intensify into a Cyclonic Storm over central Bay of Bengal by Monday morning.
Yellow warning for heavy rainfall has been issued for Puri, Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapara and Bhadrak districts.
In the wake of the cyclone forecast, the West Bengal government has reportedly initiated the process of evacuating people from the low-lying areas in several coastal districts
A fresh press briefing by the Bhubaneswar Met Centre confirmed on Friday that heavy to very heavy rainfall is likely to occur at Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapara, Bhadrak, Balasore, Cuttack districts on October 24 and 25.
IMD DG Mrutyunjay Mohapatra on Thursday said that the low pressure will concentrate into a Depression over eastcentral and adjoining South east Bay of Bengal after moving west-northwestwards around October 22 and further intensify into a deep depression on October 23.