Bhubaneswar, November 7 (LocalWire): Farmers across Odisha can now heave a sigh of relief as the cyclonic storm Bulbul is likely to spare the state.
There is a bumper crop this Kharif season and the possibility of another cyclone had rattled the farming community.
According to the latest India Meteorological Department (IMD) update, the cyclonic storm Bulbul that was centered over east-central and adjoining south-east of the Bay of Bengal has moved northwards sparing Odisha.
“The cyclonic storm is very likely to intensify into a severe cyclonic storm during the next 24 hours and very likely to move north-north-westwards towards West Bengal and Bangladesh coasts,” the IMD bulletin said.
The news of the cyclone moving away from the Odisha coast has come as a major relief to the farming community ahead of harvesting Kharif crops.
“Only a fortnight ago, incessant rains had caused large scale damage to the standing crop. If the cyclone had again hit the state, it would have given a body blow to the farmers,” an agricultural scientist said.
“As per the IMD forecast, the cyclone may not touch Odisha coast for landfall. They have given path analysis up to 0530 hrs of 11 November. Unless there is a recurve towards the western side, there is very little possibility of landfall in Odisha,” special relief commissioner Pradeep Kumar Jena said.
“However, there will be some rainfall, and accordingly the state government has issued advisory on what the farmers should do for different crops. A similar advisory has also been issued to fishermen asking them not to venture into the sea and for others to return to the coast,” Jena stated adding that district administration and all district collectors have been asked to remain in full alert.
According to the IMD, light to moderate rainfall is very likely at most places over north coastal districts of Odisha on 9 and 10 November.
Squally wind speed reaching 40-50 kmph gusting up to 60 kmph is likely to commence over north-west Bay of Bengal off Odisha-West Bengal coasts from 8 November evening. This is expected to gradually increase to 55-65 kmph gusting up to 65 kmph.