The India Meteorological Department on Wednesday issued a cyclone alert (Cyclone Roanu) in Odisha following a low pressure-turned-deep depression over the Bay of Bengal.
The system is moving towards north-northeastwards along and off the coast and is likely to intensify into a cyclonic storm in the next 24 hours. Thereafter, it is likely to move northeastwards along Andhra Pradesh and Odisha coasts.
IMD has predicted gusty wind at a speed of 55 kmph will blow along the coast and cautioned fishermen not to venture into the sea. Besides, distant cautionary signal number one (DC-1) has been hoisted at Paradip and Gopalpur port.
There are four steps of cyclone warning – pre-cyclone watch, cyclone alert, cyclone warning and post-landfall outlook. After observing the intensity of the system, a cyclone alert has been issued for Odisha and Andhra Pradesh coast.
The wind speed is expected between 70 to 80 km/hr when the cyclone is expected to pass off the Odisha coast on Friday. Most places across Odisha will witness moderate to heavy rain accompanied by thundershowers.
The system is moving at a pace of 15 kmph and as per the weather conditions, the system is likely to intensify into a severe cyclone during next 12 hours.
IMD predicted that Roanu is likely to move in northeast direction and make landfall over Bangladesh coast by May 21 night or early morning of May 22.
Cyclone ‘Roanu’ formed over the Bay of Bengal is unlikely to hit Odisha and recurve towards Bangladesh coast. The cyclone stationed at 530kms from Paradip is intensifying into severe cyclonic storm and heading towards Bangladesh coast.
Odisha government has issued alert in at least 12 districts and asked authorities to be prepared to face eventualities. Chief minister Naveen Patnaik has directed all departments to remain alert to face the eventuality likely to be caused due to Cyclone Roanu. The districts have been told to keep food stuff and other essential materials ready.
10 teams of Odisha Disaster Rapid Action Force (ODRAF) and fire service personnel have been asked to be ready for operation.
Despite summer vacation, the state government asked the primary and high school teachers to remain present in schools to help in the rescue operation if required.
Courtesy: The Times of India