Odisha Evacuates More Than 1000 As Very Severe Cyclone Bulbul Approaches

09 November 2019

Ommcom News

Bhubaneswar: About 1070 people across the North Coastal districts of the State have been evacuated as the very severe cyclonic storm Bulbul on Saturday morning continues moving northwards. It lays about 110 km east southeast of Paradip, said Special Relief Commissioner (SRC), Pradeep Jena.

The rainfall will continue in the State till late afternoon. However, apart from inundation of certain low lying areas, there are no chances of flooding in the state informed SRC Pradeep Jena.

Bulbul is moving with a speed of 13 kmph during past six hours. It is expected to make landfall at Sundarbans, West Bengal by late evening/night of November 9 with maximum sustained wind speed of 110-120 Kmph gusting to 135 Kmph, said the latest bulletin from the India Meteorological Department (IMD).

Light to moderate rainfall at most places very likely over the north coastal districts of Odisha with isolated heavy to very heavy falls over Balasore, Bhadrak, Kendrapada and Jagatsinghpur districts and with heavy falls at isolated places over Jajpur district, said the bulletin.

Wind warning

Squally wind speed reaching 55-65 kmph gusting to 75 kmph is prevailing along and off Kendrapada, Jagatsinghpur, Balasore and Bhadrak districts. It is very likely to become gale wind speed reaching 70-80 kmph gusting to 90 kmph from morning hours of November 9 along and off Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapada, Balasore, and Bhadrak districts for the subsequent 12 hours and decrease thereafter. Puri and Ganjam districts are likely to experience squally wind speed reaching 40-50 kmph gusting to 60 kmph during next 12 hours.

Sea condition

Sea condition will be rough to very rough along and off south Odisha coast during next 12 hours. It is very likely to become high to very high till 9th night north Odisha coast and along and off West Bengal & Bangladesh coasts till November 10 morning.

Fishermen Warning

Total suspension of fishing operations over Odisha-West Bengal coasts till the morning of November 10. Additionally, they have been advised into the sea till November 10.

Damage Expected over coastal districts of north Odisha

* Damage to thatched houses/ huts. Unattached metal sheets may fly.

* Damage to embankments/ salt pans.

*Partial damage to power and communication lines.

* Major damage to Kutcha and some damage to Pucca roads. Flooding of escape routes.

* Breaking of tree branches, uprooting of trees. Damage to banana and papaya trees. Large dead limbs blown from trees.

* Major damage to coastal crops

Action suggested for coastal districts of north Odisha

* Total suspension of fishing operations till 10th morning.

* People in affected areas to remain indoors.

* Movement in motorboats is unsafe.

* Beach movement to be restricted.