Bhubaneswar: Cyclone Bulbul is expected to make landfall between West Bengal and Bangladesh coasts across Sunderban delta anytime between 9 pm and 11 pm, today informed Odisha Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) Pradip Kumar Jena this evening.
He said it generally takes 2-2.5 hours for the eye of the cyclone to pass and after that also the effect remains for another 30-45 minutes which can cause little rain.
Giving details of restoration work, Jena said, “Restoration work is in full swing. Clearing of roads will be over a little while from now. About 50% of restoration work of electricity has been completed today and remaining is likely to be completed by tomorrow”.
The SRC further informed that since it’s still raining and the wind is blowing now in Mayurbhanj, the extent of damage to trees and electricity poles will be known and after that restoration work will begin.
Giving details of people evacuated to safe places, the SRC said about 3,500 people were evacuated to cyclone shelters as a precautionary measure and District Collectors have been asked to provide cooked food to them for the night if any of them do not want to shift to their homes.
The SRC expressed his gratitude and thanks to NDRF, ODRAF and Fire Service personnel for their laudable work in restoration.