Bhubaneswar: Impending cyclone ‘Sitrang’ over Bay of Bengal will not have much impact on Odisha, said Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) Pradeep Kumar Jena here today.
“The cyclonic circulation over Bay of Bengal intensified into a low pressure area on October 20. It would intensify into a depression area by tomorrow (October 22) and further intensify into a deep depression area in the next 24 hours. The system is likely to intensify into a cyclonic storm by October 24 and move in north and northeast direction. The system is likely to move parallel to Odisha coast and reach West Bengal-Bangladesh coast on October 25,” said the SRC.
The IMD has forecast the possible track of the cyclonic storm. The eye of the cyclonic storm will be at least 200 km away from Odisha coast, added the SRC.
“Some places in Jagatsinghpur, Balasore and Bhadrak districts of Odisha are likely to witness gusty winds with maximum speed of 50-60 km per hour due to the cyclonic storm. Other areas may witness winds with maximum speed of 30-40 km per hour. Some of the coastal districts are likely to witness heavy rain on October 24. However, the cyclone will not have much impact on Odisha coast,” said the SRC.
The SRC advised the people not believe in any rumour and speculative report on the cyclone.
“The state government is monitoring the situation. I have held discussions with the Collectors of eight districts. NDRF and ODRAF personnel have been kept ready to meet any eventuality. The fishermen have been advised not to venture into the sea from tomorrow morning. The people should not to resort to panic buying,” said the SRC.