Bhubaneswar, April 27 (LocalWire): The Odisha government on Saturday asked all port towns to remain on high alert after the MeT Department warned that a deep depression over the Indian Ocean is barreling towards the Andhra coast at high speeds and likely to turn into a severe cyclonic storm.
Special Relief Commissioner Bhishnupada Sethi has directed all ports to remain on high alert and ensure that flood relief centers and communication systems are in proper working condition.
The order comes after the Met office said in its latest bulletin that a deep depression, now lay centered at 1,500 km southeast of Andhra Pradesh, is likely to intensify into a severe cyclonic storm in next 24 hours.
The weather office, however, added that the storm will not reach Odisha after coming close to the Tamil Nadu and Andhra coast on April 30.
It is expected that a similar warning will be issued in the neighbouring states, even though there was no immediate danger. The storm is likely to move towards Sri Lanka in next 72 hours.
The government has also reportedly cancelled all leaves of employees manning disaster relief, while Odisha Disaster Rapid Action Force (ODRAF) and fire service have been instructed to be ready.
MeT said that over a dozen cities, including Bhubaneswar, Balasore, Jharsuguda, Angul, Koraput, Bhawanipatna, Paradeep, Puri, Cuttack, Dhenkanal and Keonjhar, are likely to experience high heat. It advised people to stay indoors and avoid heat exposures.