Bhubaneswar, Nov 8 (LocalWire): Although cyclone ‘Bulbul’ making a landfall in Odisha seems unlikely as per the latest IMD bulletins, the state government is bracing to meet exigencies as heavy to very heavy rainfall is likely to lash most parts of coastal and northern districts of Odisha in the next 48 hours.
The weather conditions bear striking resemblance to Cyclone Fani that barreled through coastal Odisha bringing in its wake trails of devastation both in terms of loss of life and property.
People are in no mood to take chances despite cyclonic threat being minimal.
The signs are ominous. The sky was overcast in the morning and as the day progressed, it started to rain.
Slowly wind speed also picked up. People were reminded of nature’s fury five months back.
‘People from areas where inclement weather disrupts normal life, are tenacious.
If the situation aggravates in any form, they will shift to safety,’ remarked a civil society group member, Biraja Pati.
IMD forecast points out that coastal Odisha is likely to experience wind speed of 70-80 kilometre per hour gusting up to 90 kmph, accompanied by heavy to very heavy rainfall in the next two days.
The weathermen has sounded ‘yellow warning’ (be aware) in Puri, Kendrapara Jagatsinghpur and Bhadrak districts over the next 24 hours.
Similarly, orange warning’ (be prepared) has been issued in Balasore, Bhadrak, Kendrapara and Jagatsinghpur districts.
‘There is no reason for people to panic. The government has not planned to evacuate people yet.
We will wait till tomorrow and act in accordance with IMD weather report on the movement of cyclone Bulbul,’ said Odisha Special Relief Commissioner PK Jena.
As a precautionary measure, the Collectors of the coastal and the northern districts have been asked to stay alert to face exigencies of possible water-logging and flood-like situation, he added.