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IMD puts Odisha district on ‘high alert’ as east coast braces for Cyclone; disaster response teams on standby

By Ruchi Upadhyay 
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BHUBANESWAR: A low pressure area over South Andaman Sea, which intensified into a heavy cyclone named ‘Aasani’ by Sunday evening and approach the Andhra Pradesh-Odisha coasts, causing heavy rain in the east coast states. The Meteorological Official said on Friday that the low pressure area over South Andaman Sea and adjoining southeast Bay of Bengal is likely to move northwestwards and intensify into a depression by Saturday.

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The weather office also warned of thunderstorms with lightning and heavy rainfall over the districts of Gangetic West Bengal between Tuesday and Friday next week in view of the likely formation of the cyclonic storm.

It is likely to further intensify into a cyclonic storm by Sunday evening.


India Meteorological Department (IMD) Director-General Mrutunjay Mohapatra said, “The cyclonic storm triggered by the low-pressure area over the South Andaman Sea and adjoining the southeast Bay of Bengal is expected to reach the Andhra Pradesh-Odisha coasts on May 10, causing heavy rains in the east coast states”.

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Mohapatra has warned fishermen along the east coast from venturing out as sea conditions may be rough from May 9. He said, “We have estimated that the wind speed of the cyclonic storm will remain at 80-90 kmph in the sea. It will be further updated after the formation of the depression on Saturday.”

Odisha government said disaster response and fire services teams were kept on standby following the forecast. The region witnessed cyclones in the last three summers — Yaas in 2021, Amphan in 2020 and Fani in 2019. An alert has been issued in 18 districts of Odisha, , including Malkangiri, Koraput, Ganjam, Cuttack, Mayurbhanj, Keonjhar, Gajapati, Kendrapara, Jajpur, Bhadrak, Balasore, Nayagarh, Puri, Khordha, Jagatsinghpur, Dhenkanal, Rayagada and Kandhamal in the wake of a cyclonic storm forming over the Bay of Bengal.

Odisha Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) P K Jena said, “We have requisitioned 17 teams of NDRF (National Disaster Response Force), 20 teams of ODRAF (Odisha Disaster Rapid Action Force) and 175 teams of Fire personnel.”

The weather agency issued a heavy rainfall warning for four districts of Odisha on May 10. These include the districts of Puri, Ganjam, Khordha and Jagatsinghpur on May 10.

Moreover, the NDRF authorities have been requested to reserve 10 more teams for any emergency.

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Jena said the Indian Navy and Coast Guard have been put on alert to maintain a vigil on the movement of fishermen in the sea during the possible calamity.

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