Bhubaneswar: Special Relief Commissioner (SRC), Odisha Pradip Kumar Jena has appealed to the people not to panic since there is no clear picture on the possible cyclone.
“I would appeal to the people through you (media) not to panic and whenever there is information on the possible cyclone we will inform,” informed SRC addressing a presser here today.
He further appealed to the public not to resort to panic buying.
“Such panic buying will only benefit unscrupulous traders,” he cautioned.
Referring to his telephonic discussion with the Director, Indian Meteorological Department (IMD), Bhubaneswar HR Biswas, the SRC said, “I had spoken to the IMD regional director Mr Biswas according to him the developing cyclone most likely won’t touch Odisha coast. As per the data available most probably it is likely to move towards West Bengal and Bangladesh”.
Quoting IMD forecast Jena said that coastal Odisha will experience low to medium rainfall and in interior Odisha, some places may also experience rainfall from 7th of this month and added that some isolated places may experience heavy rainfall.
He said the only warning issued is to fishermen who have been warned by the IMD not to venture into deep sea from 7th onwards.
He added that District Collectors have been informed about the forecast on rains.
Quoting from the IMD bulletin issued at 9 am today, the SRC said that the low pressure that had formed over the North Andaman Sea has developed into depression and at 5.30 am today lay 950 km south-southeast from Paradip coast and 1,000 km south-southwest of Bangladesh coast.
“It is likely to develop into a deep depression in the next 12 hours and to a cyclonic storm in the next 24 hours,” he stated.
The SRC, however, clarified that there is no clear picture of what shape it will take, which direction it will move and what will be its intensity.