Bhubaneswar: As the cyclone ‘Sitrang’ is likely to be 200 km away from the state’s coast at Dhamra Port in Bhadrak district when it will head towards the West Bengal-Bangladesh coasts, the Odisha government on Friday appealed to the people not to panic.
“The system will move parallel off Odisha coast and would not touch the coast anywhere in Odisha. Still, we have put eight districts on alert”, Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) PK Jena said.
“The Odisha government is in touch with the NDRF, Indian Navy and Coast Guard in view of the forecast. Odisha coast may experience maximum 50 to 60 kmph wind speed when the weather system crosses parallel to the state’s coast,” he said.
The IMD in its forecast said that the low-pressure area over Andaman Sea is likely to move west-northwestwards and concentrate into a depression, and deep depression thereafter on October 23.
The system is very likely to recurve northwards subsequently and intensify into a cyclonic storm over west-central and adjoining east-central Bay of Bengal by October 24, the Met said.
“Thereafter, it is likely to move north-northeastwards and reach near West Bengal-Bangladesh coasts on October 25, skirting Odisha coast,” the Met department said in its forecast.
The Northeast, including south Assam, east Meghalaya, Nagaland, Mizoram, Manipur and Tripura, will receive rainfall on October 24, 25 and 26 under the impact of the system, it said.
Fishermen have been advised not to venture into the sea from October 23 until further notice.