Cyclone 'Bulbul'

Cyclone ‘Bulbul’: As a precautionary step, the Odisha govt has asked all district administrations to watch the development of the cyclonic system closely.

A cyclonic storm developed over the Bay of Bengal is expected to strengthen into a hard cyclonic hurricane over the next-24 hours and set to go towards West Bengal and Bangladesh coasts, skirting Odisha, a senior IMD official told.

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Cyclone ‘Bulbul’, going at a speed of 7 kmph, was currently centred over the east-central Bay of Bengal, about 730 km south southeast of Paradip in Odisha & 830 km south southeast.

Sagar-Islands in West Bengal, according to the director of Bhubaneswar Meteorological Centre, HR Biswas.

As a careful step, the Odisha gov has directed all district officials to closely watch the progress of the cyclonic system, as it may trigger heavy rain in some areas.

Around 15 of the state’s 30 regions had been asked to remain prepared to deal with any possible water-logging and flood-like situation, a state gov official explained.

IMD Director General Mrutyunjay Mohapatra told the cyclonic system was being advised to determine the exact way the storm and the probable location of its landfall.

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“The cyclone is likely to escalate into a severe cyclonic storm. It is very likely to go northwestwards towards West Bengal and Bangladesh coasts,” he said, adding that Odisha might spare of its rage.

The prediction comes significant relief people state, struggling to return to normalcy post-Cyclone Fani in May.

According to official reports, more than 64-people lost lives in Cyclone ‘Fani’, and over 5 Lakh houses destroyed under its impact.

A fortnight ago, six people killed in Odisha in the rain related incidents. Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) PK Jena told a total of 15 districts, including Ganjam, Nayagarh, Gajapati, Khurda, Puri, Jagatsinghpur, Cuttack, Kendrapara, had been required to keep their official machinery “fully prepared” to tackle any contingency.

Officials have been directed to guarantee that no fisher ventured into the sea from Nov 8-till further notice. Farmers have also been advised to use steps to preserve crops and harvested paddy.
Biswas said light to average rainfall was likely to lash several places in the north bordering districts of Odisha from Nov 9 to 11.

Sea situation would be rigorous in the east-central Bay of Bengal till Thursday evening, and might become “phenomenal” after that in the adjoining northwest area, he added.

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