No Cyclone Threat But Heavy Rain May Waterlog Coastal Odisha Districts: IMD DG

Bhubaneswar: The Depression over northwest & adjoining Westcentral Bay of Bengal is very likely to intensify further into a Deep Depression during the next 24 hours but there is no chance of cyclone formation, said IMD DG Mrutyunjay Mohapatra on Thursday.

Mohapatra said that the system is very likely to move north-northeastwards and cross West Bengal & adjoining Bangladesh coasts, as a Deep Depression between Sagar islands (West Bengal) & Khepupara (Bangladesh) over Sundarbans by the afternoon of October 23.

Under its influence, heavy to very heavy rainfall is to occur in coastal districts of Odisha. Squally winds speed reaching 45-55 kmph gusting to 65 Kmph very likely along & off Odisha coast and over North Bay of Bengal and adjoining areas of Central Bay of Bengal on October 22.

Squally winds speed reaching 50-60 kmph gusting to 70 kmph along & off north Odisha coast and over North Bay of Bengal on October 23. Sea condition will be rough to very rough. Fishermen are advised not to venture into sea along and off Odisha coast and North Bay of Bengal and adjoining Westcentral Bay Bengal till the morning of October 24.

Mohapatra further said that low-lying areas of coastal districts in Odisha such as Ganjam, Gajapati, Khurda, Puri, Jagatsinghpur, Cuttack, Kendrapara, Bhadrak, and Balasore may experience waterlogging. Standing crops may be affected.

He advised that people near loose or unsecured structures should shift to a safer place. There is no chance of cyclone formation but the system will move north-northeastwards and cross the Odisha coast as a Depression, he added.

Dr Mrutyunjay Mohapatra, Director General, India Meteorological Department