Odisha has been put on alert following the Indian Meteorological Department's prediction of a cyclonic storm and heavy rain for the next two days. An advisory was issued by the state government on Monday asking all district authorities to remain alert and keep all administrative machinery ready to meet deal with the situation.
The Special Relief Commissioner, Mrt. BP Sethi, has issued a letter directing officials to remain in the office till the situation is over. He said that District Emergency Operation Centres have been asked to function round the clock and closely monitor the situation.
Earlier, the National Emergency Response Centre (NERC) that reports to the Ministry of Home Affairs had also cautioned the Odisha government against a cyclonic storm.
According to the IMD, the depression over the Bay of Bengal is moving towards Odisha and Andhra Pradesh. The coastal areas here are likely to receive heavy rainfall on October 10 and 11. It said that wind speed is likely to be around 70/80 kmph and could reach 90 kmph on Wednesday evening.
'It is very likely to intensify into a cyclonic storm during next 24 hours and it is very likely to move west-northwestwards for some more time and then northwestwards and cross Odisha and adjoining north Andhra Pradesh coasts between Gopalpur and Kalingapatnam around the morning of October 11,' the IMD said.
The Met office said that on Tuesday, the south coastal area of Odisha may witness heavy rainfall. On October 10 and 11, it said that rainfall at most places with heavy to very heavy falls at a few places and extremely heavy falls are likely at isolated places.
Mr. Mrutyunjay Mohapatra, IMD Director General, said that the pressure depression is now moving towards Odisha and Andhra Pradesh coast. 'The system is likely to intensify into a deep depression on Tuesday’.
The administration has issued a red alert for Gajapati, Ganjam, Puri, Kandhamal, Boudh, Jagatsinghpur, Khurda, Kendrapara, Nayagarh, Cuttack, Jjpur, Dhenkanal, Bhadrak and Balasore districts.
Fishermen have been advised not to venture into the seas till the situation is over.