Bhubaneswar, October 24 (LocalWire): The state government has put its disaster control machinery on high alert in 15 districts to meet with the exigencies of a possible flood, water-logging, and landslide in low-pressure areas that are currently under heavy downpour.
“Yesterday’s well-marked low-pressure area over the west-central Bay of Bengal off Andhra Pradesh coast is now over north coastal Andhra Pradesh adjoining south Odisha and west-central Bay of Bengal.
The cyclonic circulation is likely to trigger heavy to heavy rain in the next 24 hours,” the IMD stated in its latest bulletin.
The State Meteorological Centre has issued a red warning for Dhenkanal, Keonjhar, Cuttack, Khurda, and Puri till tomorrow, cautioning that heavy to very heavy rainfall is likely to occur at few places with extremely heavy rainfall at isolated places over these districts.
The IMD has warned that the heavy rain may lead to localised flood situations in low lying areas, damage to makeshift houses and disruption of road communication.
Similarly, the weather department has issued an orange warning for Mayurbhanj, Balasore, Bhadrak, Jajpur, Kendrapada, Jagatsinghpur, Ganjam, Nayagarh, Deogarh and Angul districts, predicting heavy rainfall in these districts.
With the meteorological department issuing a red and orange warning in these 15 districts, the administration is taking no chances.
“A red alert is the strongest warning issued to officials directing them to take action, while an orange alert asks district officials to be prepared for a severe situation.
The apprehension of a possible flood, water-logging, and landslide looms large. Therefore the government agencies are on the alert to meet with the exigencies,” officials at the Special Relief Commissioner’s office stated.
As sea condition is likely to be unsteady and rough, fishermen have been advised not to venture into the sea.
There are reports of sea-bound fishermen from coastal districts suspending their sea voyage and returning to safety after the weather warning was issued three days back.
Fire service, Odisha Disaster Rapid Action Force and NDRF have been kept in a state of readiness for deployment for search and rescue operations to counter the emergency situation.
The emergency department wings in all the districts are functioning round-the-clock in view of the weather warning, sources said.