Cyclone Bulbul triggers rain in Odisha; IMD issues 'yellow alert' in Puri, Kendrapara, Jagatsinghpur, Bhadrak for next 24 hours

IMD has issued 'yellow warning' (be aware) in Puri, Kendrapara Jagatsinghpur and Bhadrak districts over the next 24 hours and for Saturday, it has issued an 'orange warning' (be prepared) in Balasore, Bhadrak, Kendrapara and Jagatsinghpur districts

Press Trust of India November 08, 2019 16:59:13 IST
Cyclone Bulbul triggers rain in Odisha; IMD issues 'yellow alert' in Puri, Kendrapara, Jagatsinghpur, Bhadrak for next 24 hours
  • Cyclone Bulbul over Bay of Bengal has gained strength and intensified into a very severe cyclonic storm, triggering rain in several parts of coastal Odisha

  • IMD has issued 'yellow warning' (be aware) in Puri, Kendrapara Jagatsinghpur and Bhadrak districts over the next 24 hours

  • For Saturday, it has issued an 'orange warning' (be prepared) in Balasore, Bhadrak, Kendrapara and Jagatsinghpur districts

Bhubaneswar: Cyclone 'Bulbul' over Bay of Bengal has gained strength and intensified into a very severe cyclonic storm, triggering rain in several parts of coastal Odisha and its adjoining areas, an IMD official said.

Centred over west-central and adjoining east-central Bay of Bengal, about 310-kilometre south-southeast of Paradip, the cyclone is likely to move towards West Bengal and Bangladesh coasts, skirting Odisha, HR Biswas, the director of Bhubaneswar Meteorological Centre, said on Friday.

Cyclone Bulbul triggers rain in Odisha IMD issues yellow alert in Puri Kendrapara Jagatsinghpur Bhadrak for next 24 hours

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The state government, as part of its precautionary measures, has asked administrative machinery to remain "fully prepared" to tackle any contingency. Cyclone 'Bulbul', currently moving at a speed of 13 kilometres per hour, may intensify further by Saturday, Biswas said.

It is unlikely to make landfall in Odisha, but the state should brace for heavy to very heavy rainfall in its coastal and northern districts in the next two days, he said. "The cyclone is very likely to intensify into a severe cyclonic storm, re-curve north-eastwards and cross West Bengal-Bangladesh coasts across Sunderban delta on Sunday.

"The storm is expected to have a maximum sustained wind speed of 110 to 120 kilometres per hour, gusting up to 135 kilometres per hour, while crossing the coast," the senior IMD official explained.

According to IMD predictions, coastal Odisha is likely to experience wind speed of 70 to 80 kilometres per hour gusting up to 90 kilometres per hour, accompanied by heavy to very heavy downpour.

Several parts of Jagatsinghpur, Puri and Kendrapara witnessed heavy showers on Friday morning, with Odisha Special Relief Commissioner PK Jena asking the district collectors, mainly in the coastal and the northern region, to keep adequate arrangements in place to deal with possible waterlogging and flood-like situation.

Port authorities in Paradip have also taken steps to combat the storm, Jena said. Officials have been told to ensure total suspension of fishing operations from Friday. Farmers have also been advised to take steps to protect crops and harvested paddy.

All schools and Anganwadi centres remained closed for the day in Puri, Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapara and Jajpur districts in view of the rough weather. Jena said the schools would continue to remain shut on Saturday in nine vulnerable districts, including Puri, Khurda, Bhadrak, Balasore and Mayurbhanj.

Two teams of Odisha Disaster Rapid Action Force (ODRAF) and one of the National Disaster Response Force are on standby in each of these districts, while adequate fire services personnel have also been deployed in these areas for necessary operations, the special relief commissioner added.

The IMD has issued 'yellow warning' (be aware) in Puri, Kendrapara Jagatsinghpur and Bhadrak districts over the next 24 hours. Similarly, for Saturday, it has issued an 'orange warning' (be prepared) in Balasore, Bhadrak, Kendrapara and Jagatsinghpur districts.

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