The Odisha government has asked collectors of 18 districts to be prepared considering the possibility of a cyclonic storm in the state amid a possibility of a cyclone formation over the South Andaman Sea and its neighbouring areas.
Speaking to news organisation ANI, Odisha’s Special Relief Commissioner PK Jena said, “As intimated by IMD, a cyclonic circulation has developed around the South Andaman Sea and its neighbouring areas. It is likely to be converted into a low-pressure area. It will be easier to predict its intensity once it gets developed.”
He further stated that collectors of 18 districts of Odisha from Malkangiri to Mayurbhanj have been asked to stay alert as a precautionary measure.
“Due to a possible cyclone in the Bay of Bengal, 17 NDRF, 20 ODRAF and 175 teams of Fire Services dept are ready to tackle the situation if necessary,” Jena added.
This came after the India Meteorological Department (IMD) informed the Odisha government that a low-pressure area is likely to form over South Andaman Sea and its neighbourhood by Friday under the influence of cyclonic circulation.
The system is likely to intensify into a depression in the next 48 hours and move in the north-westward direction, it had warned. The IMD also indicated that conditions are favourable for the formation of a storm next week.
Odisha’s Special Relief Commissioner also asked the district collectors to identify the vulnerable people and shift them to safe shelters, and prepare a detailed evacuation plan for those living in kutcha houses, near the coast, or in low-lying areas.
The elderly, the disabled, women, and children should be sent to designated geo-tagged shelter buildings.
All safe shelter buildings, permanent or temporary, should be geo-tagged and a team comprising three local officials – two male and one woman such as ASHA workers, lady teachers, lady constables and home guards should be put in charge of each of them, he instructed.