Kendrapara, Nov 5 (LocalWire): Seaside villagers and marine fishermen of Kendrapara were once again alerted by the district administration of the imminent cyclone Bulbul but they were also asked not to panic.
The deep depression developed over the Bay of Bengal in North Andaman is moving west-northwestward and may intensify into a depression over the east-central Bay of Bengal.
It may make landfall at Odisha coast from 9 November.
In the month of October, the cyclones usually head towards West Bengal and Bangladesh and in the month of November, Andhra Pradesh and Odisha are vulnerable to these cyclones.
This will be the second cyclone in Odisha after Cyclone Fani in May, said the district emergency officer Sambit Satapathy.
A large number of frightened villagers are preparing to shift to safer places following the cyclone warning said Tushar Sardar of seaside village Kharinashi.
Over 117 cyclone shelters by the seaside villages in the district are getting ready to accommodate people.
Large number of seaside villages that bore the maximum brunt of the super cyclone in 1999 have begun leaving for safety.
More than ten thousand people perished in the 1999 super cyclone in Earasama and Kujang blocks in Jagatsinghpur district said Biraja Pati a social worker of Kendrapara.
Many fishermen have returned to shore following the cyclone warning. The government two years back built 23 Early Warning Dissemination System (EWDS) towers in Kendrapara district to provide cyclone and tsunami warning to the villagers of the coastal pockets.
All the towers have been fitted with sirens that go off simultaneously.
The sound can be heard in localities up to a radius of 1.5 km. EWD towers also enable authorities to alert people in smaller pockets, depending on the severity of the disaster, added the officer.