Cyclone Jawad: Odisha Chief Secy, SRC Emphasise On Evacuation; Red Warning For 4 Districts
Bhubaneswar: With the low pressure, that is brewing over the south Andaman Sea and adjoining region, likely to take the form of a cyclonic storm over central Bay of Bengal, the office of Special Relief Commissioner has emphasised on evacuation of people from low-lying areas and keeping the shelter homes ready.
Chief Secretary Suresh Chandra Mohapatra also reviewed the preparedness with collectors of the districts, likely to be affected by the possible cyclonic storm Jawad. The cyclone is likely to reach near north Andhra Pradesh–Odisha coasts around December 4 morning.
The NDRF and ODRAF as well as fire fighting teams have been asked to remain on alert. Coastal districts and collectors of Mayurbhanj and Nayagarh have also been asked to stay alert.
A total of 200 fire fighting teams and 108 ODRAF and NDRF teams have been kept ready, informed the Chief Secretary.
In an advisory to collectors of all districts, the SRC has asked district heads to continuously monitor low-lying areas and carry out dewatering activities wherever necessary on urgent basis. Similarly, the control room should function round-the-clock, the advisory stated.
Red warning has been issued for the districts of Ganjam, Gajapati, Puri and Jagatsinghpur. District under Orange and Yellow warning have been asked to remain prepared to meet any waterlogging or localised flood-like situation, including urban areas and possibility of landslide in hilly areas.
On the other hand, fishermen have been advised to not venture into the southeast and adjoining east-central Bay of Bengal on December 2 and 3, west central and adjoining northwest Bay of Bengal and along and off North Andhra Pradesh – Odisha – West Bengal coasts during December 3 to 5.
“The fishermen advisory needs to be strictly implemented in coastal districts and the stituation & rainfall reports should be updated with the State Emergency Operations Centre regularly,” the advisory further stated.
The sea condition is likely to be very rough with the squally wind speed reaching 45 to 55 kmph, gusting to 65 kmph on December 3. The wind speed is likely to reach 80 kmph gusting to 90 kmph on December 4 morning, the advisory stated.