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06 August 2019

Panchanan Dash

Bhubaneswar/Malkangiri: In the wake of an IMD prediction of light to moderate rain or thunder shower across Odisha on Tuesday and Wednesday, the Revenue and Disaster Management Department has sounded an alert.

As per a communiqué issued by the Special Relief Commissioner today evening, six districts have been issued Red Warning while eight districts have been signalled the Orange Warning. 10 districts were alerted with the Yellow Warning for Tuesday.

Similarly, for Wednesday (August 7) five districts have been issued the Red Warning, seven district with Orange Warning and eight districts with Yellow Warning.

Yellow Warning has been issued for eight districts on Thursday. The fishermen have been advised not to venture into the north-west Bay of Bengal along and off Odisha coast during the next 48 hours, the communiqué added.

There is a likelihood of flood and water logging in several parts of the State due to which the Collectors have been directed to be on alert.

"Field officials should remain prepared to evacuate people from vulnerable locations to safe shelters. If required advance arrangements should be made to provide food, safe drinking water, lighting, health and sanitation facilities at all shelters," the note added.

The IMD today issued a bulleting stating, "Monday's low pressure over north Bay of Bengal and adjoining coastal areas of Bangladesh and West Bengal has intensified into a Depression. It is very likely to intensify into a Deep Depression during the next 24 hours."

Meanwhile, the Malkangiri district administration has suspended schools on Wednesday to ensure safety of students and avoid any untoward situation. "However, the classes for the boarders of residential schools of ST and SC Development Department and all KGBVs and other schools having hostel facility shall remain as usual," an order issued by the Malkangiri Collector stated.