Bhubaneswar, November 9 (LocalWire): With the cyclone Bulbul intensifying into a very severe cyclonic storm, coastal districts of Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapara, Bhadrak, and Balasore have been witnessing heavy rainfall since Friday night.
With the wind speed steadily picking up in these areas, around 2,000 people from the vulnerable pockets of the districts have been evacuated to safer places.
According to the Special Relief Commissioner’s office, over 1,050 villagers have been evacuated from Kendrapara district.
While Paradip has recorded 159 mm rainfall, 143 mm rain was recorded in the Chandalli area while 32 mm rainfall was recorded in Balasore, SRC office said.
The Met department in its latest bulletin said the cyclone was likely to make landfall between West Bengal and Bangladesh in the early hours of Sunday. The cyclone Bulbul is likely to spare Odisha.
Cases of the uprooting of trees have been reported in various parts of these four districts leading to disruption of the road communication link.
The units of Odisha Disaster Rapid Action Force and National Disaster Response Force stationed in these areas are now on the job for road clearance work, officials said.
Intermittent rain accompanied by gusty wind has gripped the seaside villages reminding the people of unsteady sea and cyclonic fury.