24 December 2018
Bhubaneswar: The denizens of Odisha are shivering as a cold wave has swept across the State and mercury has dipped below 10 degree Celsius at several places. In view of this extreme weather, Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) Bishnupada Sethi directed district collectors to keep a close watch and take necessary steps to deal with the situation.
According to Regional Meteorological Department’s Director HR Biswas, the mercury dipped to 6.5 degree Celsius in Phulbani on Dec 23 (Sunday) while it touched 7 degrees in Daringbadi and 7.2 in Keonjhar. With the entire State shivering in the current weather and heavy fog clouding the cities, people of Kandhamal have had it worse as mercury continued to dip sharply in the district.
Sethi requested the Department of Health & Family Welfare and Fisheries and Animal Resources Development Department to circulate suitable advisories for safety of human beings and livestock. He also said that people with no proper houses should be allowed to take shelter during night hours at school and other public buildings.
On Dec 22, other places which recorded temperature below 10 degree celsius were Sambalpur (9.7), Sundergarh (9), Jharsuguda (9.5), Baripada (9.6) and Angul (9.6). The temperature remained at 10 degree celsius at Balasore (10.2), Baripada (10.6), Hirakud (10.6), Bhawanipatna (10.5) and Balangir (10.6).
Meanwhile, the state capital Bhubaneswar recorded 13.9 degree Celsius and twin city of Cuttack was at 12.2 degree Celsius.
The Met office also observed that the minimum temperatures have decreased in most of the stations since last two days and forecasted that night temperature across Odisha will come down by 2-3 degree Celsius in the 2-3 days.