Bhubaneswar, November 8 (LocalWire): Even though cyclone Bulbul is not likely to make landfall in Odisha, the possibility of squally wind, a threat to life and heavy damage to property looms large in coastal and northern regions of the state.
Highlighting the preparedness, special relief commissioner PK Jena said that the government is not taking any chance, even though the cyclone is unlikely to hit the Odisha coast.
“At least 15 districts are expected to experience cyclonic weather conditions with squally wind and moderate to heavy rainfall,” he said.
“The government has initiated all possible steps to ensure the safety of life and property. Authorities of 15 districts that have been issued an orange and yellow warning by the IMD have geared up to keep their administrative machinery fully prepared to tackle any exigency,” he stated.
Jena further informed that the administration of Ganjam, Gajapati, Nayagarh, Puri, Khurda, Jagatsinghpur, Cuttack, and Kendrapara have been kept on high alert as the intensity of wind speed and rain is likely to be more in these areas.
According to the latest IMD bulletin, the wind and rain may cause damage to thatched houses and huts, while the unattached metal sheets may be blown off in the storm.
The IMD has also warned that it may trigger damage to coastal embankments and salt pans, as well as partial damage to power and communication lines.
“There may be uprooting of trees besides damage to roads and flooding of low lying areas,” IMD stated, adding that the standing crops may also bear the brunt of it.
The IMD has predicted light to moderate rainfall at most places in north coastal districts of Odisha with isolated heavy to very heavy rainfall in Puri, Kendrapara, Bhadrak, and Jagatsinghpur districts.
The weather department has also warned of light to moderate rain at most places along the north coastal districts of Odisha on 9 November, with isolated heavy to very heavy falls over Balasore, Bhadrak, Kendrapara and Jagatsinghpur districts, and heavy fall at isolated places in Mayurbhanj and Jajpur districts.
“Strong wind speed reaching 35-45 kmph gusting to 55 kmph will prevail along and off the Odisha coast. It is very likely to increase becoming squally wind speed reaching 45-55 kmph, gusting to 65 kmph by afternoon today off Kendrapara, Jagatsinghpur, Balasore and Bhadrak districts,” the IMD said.
Gale with speed reaching 70-80 kmph gusting to 90 kmph is very likely from around noon tomorrow along and off Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapara, Balasore and Bhadrak districts for 12 hours and decrease thereafter.
Puri and Ganjam districts are likely to experience squally wind speed reaching 40-50 kmph gusting to 60 kmph from Friday afternoon. The stormy weather condition will be experienced for t24 hours in these districts.
The IMD advisory suggested, among other things suspension of inland sea fishing, and advised people to remain indoors and restrict their movement along the sea beaches.
Meanwhile, reports reaching here indicate that it has begun drizzle in most parts of from coastal districts of Balasore, Jagatsinghpur, and Kendrapra.