‘No casualties or loss of property in Odisha so far due to Cyclone Gulab’

Bhubaneswar: There has been no loss of property or casualties in Odisha so far due to Cyclone Gulab, informed Special Relief Commissioner Pradeep Jena today evening.

Jena further stated officials of Gajapati, Rayagada and Koraput have been put on high alert and asked to keep a vigil on the situation this night.

Based on the India Meteorological Department (IMD) forecast, heavy rain is likely in Gajapati, Rayagada and Koraput districts this night when the cyclone will cross these areas. Wind speed will be less as the Cyclone will further weaken, the SRC added.

So far, there has been no considerable wind speed at any places in Odisha. Besides, regular and sustainable rain has not been reported in any district.

He informed the Cyclone Gulab made landfall near Kalingapatnam under Santhaguda block after 6 PM today. As per the information provided by the Srikakulam administration, the wind speed in Srikakulam 70 km/hr and the cyclone is moving in westerly direction.

The SRC further informed stone fell from roadside hill onto the road at a place in Gumma block and the engineers cleared the road within few hours.

As a precautionary measure, Gajalbadi-Sorada road has been closed for vehicular traffic fearing landslide, he added.

Till now, a total of 39,000 people have been evacuated to cyclone shelters, the SRC said.

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