Kendrapara, May 16 (LocalWire): Large numbers of marine fishermen from the coastal district of Kendrapara and its nearby areas have already anchored at the fishing harbours and jetties owing to the cyclone alert.
“The imminent cyclone has forced us not to venture into the sea.
We are fishermen, we expect bad weather, but the continuous low pressure on the sea has ruined our lives,” said Tushakanta Sardar, a fisherman from Kharinashi village.
“We are warning the fishermen through loudspeakers against venturing into the sea.
The fisheries department will take action against the fishermen who venture into the sea ignoring adverse weather warnings,” said Manas Ranjan Sahoo, the Additional Director of Fisheries (Marine) Department, Kujang.
“The authorities are working with local Sarpanchs and other Panchayat body members to help people prepare for the cyclone in the seaside villages of Rajnagar, Mahakalapada, and Rajkanika blocks,” said the district collector of Kendrapara, Samarth Verma.
“The coastal areas of the district are regularly hit by major cyclones and so everyone is taking this threat extremely seriously and making sure the right measures are in place to mitigate the impact.
The government has also issued a warning to people against visiting the seaside to avoid any dangerous occurrence.
All the vulnerable pockets have been brought under safety cordon with multi-purpose cyclone shelters being readied to accommodate the people in the case of exigencies,” added the collector.
“Three years ago, the government had built 122 Early Warning Dissemination System (EWDS) towers at the seaside villages of the state to provide cyclone and tsunami warnings to the villagers of the coastal pockets.
All the towers have been fitted with sirens that enable loud sounds to go off simultaneously from all the towers.
The sound emanating from the towers can be heard in localities up to a radius of 1.5 km.
EWDS towers will also enable authorities to alert people in smaller pockets, depending on the severity of the disaster,” said Dr. Kamal Lochan Mishra, the Executive Director of Odisha State Disaster Management Authority (OSDMA).
As per the IMD, the low pressure is very likely to intensify into a cyclonic storm by the evening of May 16th.
It is likely to curve northwestwards i.e. towards the north Bay of Bengal on May 18th and 19th.