Odisha Ready To Tackle Possible Cyclone: SRC Pradeep Jena

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Bhubaneswar: The state government is fully prepared to tackle possible cyclone Yaas, Odisha SRC Pradeep Jena informed following a meeting held today with members of the IMD and NDMA members.

In view of the possible cylone, the District Collectors have identified storm shelters and stocked dry food. The ODRAF, Fire and NDRF teams have been dispatched to various locations. Five NDRF teams  who were deployed in Gujarat for restoration after Cyclone Tauktae, will return today.

Similarly, fishermen have been advised not to venture into the sea from today. The Coast Guard are bringing back the fishing boats that are in the sea. Following discussion, various departments have been asked to prepare their own action plans to tackle the possible cyclone, the SRC said.

“High-mast lights installed in various cities will be brought down to prevent wind damage. Besides, it has been directed to remove billboards and banner advertisements by the May 24th,  and municipal authorities will ensure the same, the Odisha SRC further said.

A cyclonic circulation lies over Southeast & adjoining Central Bay of Bengal between 3.1 km & 5.8 km above mean sea level. Under its influence, a Low Pressure Area is very likely to form over Eastcentral Bay of Bengal  & adjoining north Andaman Sea around 22nd May, 2021. It is very likely to intensify into a cyclonic storm by 24th May 2021. It very likely to move northwestwards and reach Odisha­West Bengal Coast around 26th May morning, the IMD said in its latest bulletin.

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