09 November 2019
Bhubaneswar: The worst is over for Odisha as Cyclone Bulbul progresses towards West Bengal coast before making landfall on Saturday evening. Special Relief Commissioner (SRC), Pradeep Jena said that the cyclone's impact will gradually reduce.
However, it had triggered heavy rainfall coupled with strong winds in the coastal districts on Saturday morning.
The very severe cyclonic storm Bulbul is currently lying 95 km East-Northeast of Paradip and 133 km South-Southwest of Balasore in Odisha, said SRC Jena.
Hundreds of trees were found uprooted in several places in the coastal districts while the NDRF, ODRAF, police and fire personnel have been engaged in clearing road blockade by dislocating the uprooted trees lying on the roads.
The SRC informed that they have received information about the uprooting of trees in Kendrapara, Jagatsinghpur and Bhadrak districts. The restoration work is underway.
He, however, said that they have not received any loss of life so far.
A boat had capsized in Bhadrak district; however, all nine on board were rescued safely.
The SRC said that Dhamra in Bhadrak district recorded a wind speed of 110 Kmph.
The Kendrapara district administration has evacuated 1070 people to several shelters. A little over 1,500 persons evacuated to safety in Balasore and Jagatsingpur districts.
The evacuated people are being provided with food. The fisherfolk who has yesterday sought refuge at Dhamra port were also provided with shelter and food.
In the last 24 hours, Paradip received highest rainfall of 159 mm, followed by Chandbali with 150 mm, Kendrapada 137 mm, Tirtol 100 mm and Balasore 32 mm of rainfall.
Chief secretary Asit Tripathy reviewed the situation with Bhubaneswar MeT centre director H.R. Biswas on Saturday morning.
"We are keeping a close watch on the situation," said Tripathy.
The system, moving at speed of 15 kmph, is likely to weaken gradually and move Northeastwards towards West Bengal and Bangladesh, it said.
The IMD said gale wind speed 70-80 kmph gusting to 90 kmph is prevailing along and off Kendrapara, Jagatsinghpur, Bhadrak and Balasore districts of Odisha and East Medinipur, south and north 24 Parganas districts of West Bengal.
It has predicted that gale wind speed 70-80 kmph gusting to 90 kmph is likely to continue for next 3 hours along and off Kendrapara, Jagatsinghpur, and for next 6 hours along and off Bhadrak and Balasore districts of Odisha.
(with inputs from IANS)