Cyclonic storm over Bay of Bengal today

Cyclonic storm over Bay of Bengal today”

Mr. Jena said the landfall of the cyclone might take place on May 20 with wind speeds reaching 160-170 km per hour gusting to 190 kmph over north Bay of Bengal.

Considering the gravity of the cyclonic storm, the state government during the day urged the Centre to temporarily suspend "Shramik Special" trains passing through areas falling in the direction of the cyclone.

Meanwhile, the state government has put 12 coastal districts - Gajapati, Ganjam, Puri, Khurda, Jajpur, Nayagarh, Balasore, Bhadrak, Kendrapara, Jagatsinghpur, Mayurbhanj and Cuttack on alert for the cyclone.

It is very likely to intensify rapidly into a cyclonic storm of today (16th) and further into a severe cyclonic storm during subsequent 24 hours.

It is very likely to recurve north-northeastwards thereafter towards West Bengal coast from May 18 to 20, he said.

Scattered to fairly widespread rain/thundershowers with isolated heavy to very heavy falls very likely over Odisha and Gangetic West Bengal from May 18 onwards. He reviewed the preparedness for the cyclone with 12 district collectors and senior officials through video-conferecing on Saturday.

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Odisha was also hit by cyclone "Bulbul" in October, 2019.

While Andaman and Nicobar Islands are likely to receive light to moderate rainfall on May 15 and 16, Odisha and West Bengal are likely to receive light to moderate rainfall on May 18 with heavy rains and very heavy rainfall on May 19 and May 20.

Bandopadhyay said that provisions have been made for maintaining social distancing norms at these shelters in view of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The third battalion of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) based at Mundali, 30 km from Bhubaneswar, also tested the disaster response equipment. "All fishermen are now out of the sea as we have been preparing for the eventuality for the last two days", he said, adding all the line departments have been kept in readiness.

The Indian Coast Guard (ICG) has also prepared itself for maritime search and rescue operations.

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