Bhubaneswar: Odisha is bracing for a possible cyclonic storm once again.
More than half the state has been put on high alert for a possible cyclonic storm, as per authorities said Tuesday. The cyclone may may hit the Andhra-Odisha coast by October 12.
The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has indicated that low pressure formed over Tenasserim Coast and adjoining Andaman Sea has concentrated into a depression which is located 1,380 km south-east of Gopalpur.
The alert by the IMD has led to panic among people living in coastal Odisha.
“The depression will move in a west-northwesterly direction and intensify into a deep depression within next 24 hours and further intensify into a cyclonic storm thereafter,” said an IMD bulletin, as per IANS.
After the alert by the IMD, the Odisha government today asked DM's of 16 districts to remain on vigilant and be ready to to face the cyclonic storm if one develops.
The office of Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) directed the collectors of Baleswar, Kendrapara, Bhadrak, Jagatsinghpur, Puri, Ganjam, Mayurbhanj, Jajpur, Cuttack, Khordha, Nayagarh, Gajapati, Dhenkanal, Keonjhar, Malkangiri and Koraput districts to be vigilant in view of the possibility of a cyclonic storm hitting the Odisha coast.
Meanwhile, Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik said that his government was well prepared for the possible cyclonic storm.
"The government is prepared for the possible cyclonic storm," said Patnaik after returning from New Delhi today afternoon.
The Odisha State Disaster Management Force and fire department have also been directed to be ready for relief and rescue operation in the districts likely to be affected in the cyclonic storm. Odisha has 30 districts.
The collectors were asked to direct all district officials and employees and call up those who are on leave to remain present at the district headquarters during the period, said Deputy Relief Commissioner Pravat Mohapatra.
The weather office warned that the low pressure formed over Andaman sea has turned into a depression which is located 1,380 km south-east of Gopalpur.
"The depression will move in a west-northwesterly direction and intensify into a deep depression within the next 24 hours," the weather forecasting department bulletin said.
In October last year cyclone Phailin has made landfall in Gopalpur in Ganjam district of Odisha.
It had left a trail of destruction along the country's east coast. However, the devastation was minimised because of advanced warnings.
With IANS inputs