Possible cyclonic storm in Odisha in next 24 hours; govt asks people not to panic

News Agencies | First published: 24 October 2016, 15:52 IST
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Odisha government, on 24 October, asked people not to panic as there might be a cyclonic storm in the next 24 hours but it may not touch the state's coast at all.

"We are in constant touch with the IMD, New Delhi. Collectors of the 11 coastal districts have been asked to remain alert and ready to face any situation, if any.

"Fishermen have also been warned not to venture into the sea," Special Relief Commissioner P K Mohapatra told reporters.

The system now lies about 930 km east-southeast of Gopalpur. It is very likely to intensify into a cyclonic storm during the next 24 hours, IMD director, Bhubaneswar, Sarat Chandra Sahoo said.

It will move northwards for some time and then recurve initially north-northwestwards and then northwestwards. "It is very likely to reach northwest Bay of Bengal on the morning of 27 October," Sahoo said.

Asking fishermen to be cautious while venturing into sea, Sahoo said the sea condition will remain very rough on 27 October.

As the deep depression was likely to bring a lot of rain in the coastal region, Mohapatra advised the farmers to keep the harvested crops covered in the yard.