A cyclone is going to form over Bay of Bengal and it will be heading towards the Odisha and West Bengal Coast, said Director General of India Meteorological Department (IMD) Mrutyunjay Mohapatra. As per the IMD DG, the areas near the coast of Odisha are likely to experience normal to moderate rainfall from May 25th under its influence. However, the cyclone’s exact track and direction can be ascertained only when a low pressure area is formed.
IMD Chief,Mrutyunjay Mohapatra said,"As per our evaluation today, it is being predicted that on May 22nd a low pressure will form over North Andaman Sea and the adjoining East Central Bay of Bengal. This low pressure will then travel to the north-west direction and would take the form of a cyclonic storm by May 24th. This storm will keep moving in the north-west direction and on the morning of May 26th it will make its reach the coast of Odisha and West Bengal. The storm’s exact track and direction will be ascertained only when a low pressure area is formed. However, due to its effect, the areas near the coast of Odisha are likely to experience normal to moderate rainfall which will start from May 25th and as the system approaches closer, its effects will intensify. But the regions where the effects of rainfall will be higher can be determined depending upon which place it crosses. But it is sure that the system will take a form of a cyclone and it is approaching the North Bay of Bengal towards the coast between Odisha and Bengal. Around May 21st, East Central and South East Bay of Bengal and North and South Andaman Sea would remain rough. The wind speed is likely to remain around 40-50 kmph. The wind speed will then increase and can go up to 60-70 kilometer per hour in the East Central Bay of Bengal and North Andaman Sea between May 23- 24th. Therefore, we have been requesting the fishermen community repeatedly that they refrain from venturing into East Central Bay of Bengal, South East Bay of Bengal and Andaman Sea from around May 21st to 24th. From May 24th, North Bay of Bengal and the nearby Central Bay of Bengal would remain rough and the wind speed would also start increasing in these areas. Therefore, starting from May 24th, the fishermen should refrain from going into the North Bay of Bengal. All fishermen at North Bay of Bengal area or at nearby Central Bay of Bengal should return back by May 23rd."
Published: Diptiranjita Patra
Last updated: 20 May 2021, 06:32 PM IST
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