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Cyclone Yaas: Odisha’s coastal districts on high alert, storm likely to hit state on May 26

Odisha Chief Secretary Suresh Chandra Mohapatra on Friday informed that all coastal and adjoining districts in the state had been put on high alert.
 

Cyclone Yaas: Odisha's coastal districts on high alert, storm likely to hit state on May 26-dnm
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Bhubaneswar, First Published May 22, 2021, 9:53 AM IST
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The Odisha government has issued high alert in coastal districts in view of the cyclonic storm in the Bay of Bengal. Odisha Chief Secretary Suresh Chandra Mohapatra on Friday informed that all coastal and adjoining districts in the state had been put on high alert.

Odisha’s Chief Secretary Suresh Chandra Mohapatra, after a meeting with senior officials on Friday, said that the state administration is geared up to meet the eventuality if cyclone ‘Yaas’ has any impact on the state.

He held a meeting with all line departments, NDRF, Coast Guard, INS Chilika, DG Police, and DG fire services on Friday, news agency ANI reported.

"Keeping in view the IMD's predictions, all concerned departments like electricity companies, rural and urban water supply departments, health departments, Odisha Disaster Response Force, and NDRF teams have been put on alert to be in readiness with the manpower, material," The Chief Secretary was quoted as saying by ANI.

He said that the process for identification of cyclone shelters and safe buildings in large-scale had been started. "Whatever is required for relief and rescue has been arranged," Mohapatra added. He also said that entire administration was fully prepared to cope with the cyclone. The top state official said that the things will be more clear about the path of the cyclone in next two-three days, then the state will decide that where it has to be more focused.

Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) P K Jena, who held a series of meetings on the matter, spoke to collectors of 14 districts, different line departments, power distribution companies, telecom providers, authorities of NDRF, ODRAF, Odisha police, state Fire Service and apprised them about their role during the crisis.

IMD said a cyclonic storm is likely to be formed by May 24 & hit Bengal, Odisha coast soon. IMD added that a low-pressure area is expected to form over East Central Bay of Bengal. Director of Bhubaneswar Meteorological Centre, HR Biswas said, “Low pressure is likely to form in East Central Bay of Bengal adjoining Andaman Sea. This will intensify and a cyclonic storm is expected to be formed by May 24. There will be further intensification and the movements will be northwestward. Fishermen who are in the deep sea area have been advised to return by May 23. Light to moderate rainfall is likely across coastal Odisha by May 25. Heavy to very heavy rainfall is likely in some coastal and interior districts.”

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