Odisha braces for cyclone Jawad; districts asked to step up preparedness

Bhubaneswar: In view of the possible cyclonic storm Jawad, which is likely to reach near north Andhra Pradesh–Odisha coasts around December 4 morning, Odisha Government has stepped up efforts to tackle any kind of eventuality.

At a review meeting, Chief Secretary Suresh Chandra Mohapatra directed Collectors of districts, likely to be affected by the cyclone Jawad, to prepare mitigation measures. He asked the Collectors to keep cyclone shelters ready and evacuate people residing in low-lying areas, if required.

The senior official also directed Fire, Odisha Disaster Rapid Action Force (ODRAF), National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) to be on their toes to deal with any possible untoward situation.  Besides coastal districts, Collectors of Mayurbhanj and Nayagarh have also been asked to stay alert.

So far, 200 Fire Services teams and 108 ODRAF and NDRF teams have been kept ready, informed the Chief Secretary.

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Meanwhile, the IMD-GFS model indicated that cyclone Jawad may affect coastal Odisha as Extremely Severe Cyclonic Storm with wind speed of over 160 kmph.

As per the prediction by the model, the system as an Extremely Severe Cyclonic Storm may be present over west-central and adjoining north-west Bay of Bengal (BoB) off north Andhra Pradesh-south Odisha coasts at 11:30 pm on December 3, over north-west and adjoining west-central BoB off south Odisha–north Andhra Pradesh coasts at 5:30 am on December 4, close to south Odisha coast at 11:30 am on December 4 and over coastal Odisha at 5:30 pm on December 4.

The model further indicated northeastward movement of the system along Odisha and West Bengal coasts with gradual weakening up to 5:30 pm on December 6.

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