Bhubaneswar: The Special Relief Commissioner, Pradeep Jena said districts of Ganjam, Gajapati, Rayagada will experience heavy rains as the landfall of Cyclone Gulab has commenced near Modiguda village 25 km away from Kalingapatnam of Andhra Pradesh and 95 km away from Odisha today evening.
He added eight districts of the State have been put on high alert and heavy rainfall warning has been issued to them
As per the cyclone path provided by the weathermen, the cyclone will enter Odisha’s Koraput district and cross the State in forenoon tomorrow, the SRC added.
He further said the district administrations of Gajapati, Rayagada and Koraput districts have been keep an eye on landslide cases.
After 12 PM today, the cyclonic storm over the Bay of Bengal moved towards the landmass at 25 km/h from 17 km/h, the speed at which it was moving earlier. The Cyclone Gulab made the landfall three hours ahead of the expected time, the SRC informed.
“People have not showing interest for evacuation process as there have been comparatively less wind speed and rains. Till 2:30 PM today, more than 16,000 people including 600 pregnant, differently-abled and old persons have been evacuated and shifted to shelter houses,” Jena stated.