**Bhubaneswar: ** Even though the deep depression formed over the central Bay of Bengal is likely to weaken after touching Andhra-Odisha coast on Saturday morning, its impact will be felt in shape of rains and heavy rains at some places while the prevailing wind speed of 45 km per hour is likely to continue.
In the wake of the latest weather update, Odisha Revenue and Disaster Management Department on Friday (December 8) issued most urgent message to all District Collectors, all RDCs, Agriculture & Fisheries Department, Cooperation Department, FS & CW Department and Agriculture & FP Director to keep a close watch over the situation.
In his latest weather forecast, Indian Meteriological Department (IMD) Bhubaneswar Director Sarat Sahu informed media, “The depression that was over the central Bay of Bengal has been turned into deep depression today (Friday) morning. By tomorrow (Saturday) morning,
it is likely to touch south Odisha. But it is likely to weaken after touching Odisha coast because of cold wind condition. Besides, the sea level temperature will also remain comparatively low. Thus, it is likely to be re-converted into depression from the deep depression.”
“Due to its impact, Odisha will be influenced by rain on December 8 and 9. Mainly moderate to light rain expected. However, heavy rainfall is also likely at some isolated places for which we’ve issued heavy rainfall warning. Mainly in pockets of Cuttack, Kendrapada, Jagatsinghpur, Khurda, Puri, Ganjam, Gajapati, Rayagada, Koraput, Malkangiri, etc,” the IMD Bhubaneswar director informed.
He added, “Wing speed may also rise over 45 km per hour. It is prevailing now and is likely to continue. Hence, fishermen have been barred from venturing into the sea. Apart from that, instruction has been issued to hoist Signal No 3 at the four sea ports in Odisha.”
Odisha Revenue & Disaster Management Minister Maheswar Mohanty said, “As had been predicted earlier by IMD that there will be heavy rains, now it has been further predicted that there is no such possibility. It will rain, but not excessively. Hence, there is nothing to panic. Appeal not to be panicky.”
On the other hand, the Odisha Special Relief Commissioner office in its most urgent message circulated to all Collectors states, “As per the latest information received from IMD, under the influence of the present deep depression over the central Bay of Bengal, rain or thundershower is likely to occur at most places in the coastal and many places in the interior districts of Odisha during the next 48 hours.”
“Heavy rainfall likely to occur at one or two places in the districts of Gajapati, Ganjam, Rayagada, Khurda, Puri, Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapda, Cuttack, Malkangiri and Koraput during the next 48 hours,” the SRC reminds.
Hence, SRC Bishnupada Sethi has instructed, “Keeping this in view, the district administrations are directed to keep close watch over the situation. Field functionaries may be instructed to remain at their respective headquarters and respond to emergency situations. Adverse situation, if any, may be promptly reported to State Emergency Operation Centre in the office of the Special Relief Commissioner.”