Bhubaneswar, April 30 (LocalWire): Special Relief Commissioner Bishnupada Sethi on Tuesday ordered the collectors of Ganjam and Balasore districts to immediately evacuate people living in a 5-10 km radius from the coast due to a likely high storm surge during severe cyclone Fani.
It is expected that the storm surge height at the time of landfall may increase up to four meters along the coast from Ganjam to Chandbali due to decrease of depth of sea, and such a huge wave would endanger people living close to the coast.
During the Super Cyclone in 1999, a six-seven-meter-high storm surge was reported at Paradip, while during a cyclone in 1971, a 4-5-meter-high storm surge was recorded near Chandbali.
Although the bathymetry of Odisha coast supports increase of storm surge height, areas like Puri, Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapara, Bhadrak and Balasore are expected to see waves as high as 5-6 metres.
Keeping in view of the expected rise of storm surge height, people staying close to coast should move to nearby cyclone shelter, or take shelter in 2nd or 3rd floor of a building on May 3 and 4, Sethi said.