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Cyclone Fani: District Collectors Asked To Stay Alert

27 April 2019

Debashish Maharana

Bhubaneswar: In view of the deep depression over East Equatorial Indian Ocean and adjoining Southeast Bay of Bengal likely to intensify into a severe cyclonic storm in the next 24 hours, the Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) has asked all district Collectors in Odisha to stay alert.

SRC Bishnupada Sethi, in a letter to all Collectors has mentioned that as per the latest bulletin of Indian Meteorological Department (IMD), the deep depression is very likely to intensify into a cyclonic storm and further into a cyclonic storm.

It is very likely to move northwestwards off Sri Lanka coast during next 72 hours and reach near north Tamilnadu and south Andhra Pradesh coast on evening of April 30.

Sethi stated although IMD has not yet issued any warning for Odisha, other international agencies like Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC) and others suggest that it may have some impacts on Odisha.

Some of the agencies have even indicated that the system may curve north-eastwards after approaching the coast, he added.

Sethi has requested the Collectors to closely watch the situation and keep the administration machinery alert to face any eventuality. He has also asked them to check all the cyclone or flood shelters and communication systems and ensure that those are in proper usable condition.