Cyclone Gulab To Shower Bounty Over Odisha

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  • Moderate to heavy rainfall in few areas during the next 24 hours in Odisha.
  • Heavy rainfall predicted in West Bengal and Jharkhand.
  • HR Biswas Director of IMD Bhubaneswar instructed fishermen to avoid the sea till September 30th.

New Delhi: In the wake of a cyclonic circulation, a low-pressure area has formed over the Northwest Bay of Bengal. Moderate rainfall will occur in northern coastal areas of Odisha & heavy rainfall in a few areas during the next 24 hours, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said. Meanwhile, heavy rainfall has been predicted for West Bengal and Jharkhand for the next two days.

At least 42 teams of the Odisha Disaster Rapid Action Force and 24 squads of the National Disaster Response Force, along with over 100 teams of firefighters have been dispatched to these places. The Chief Minister of Orissa has urged fishermen to remain indoors, particularly in pucca houses till September 30th, during which the cyclone will pass through the region.

Five fishermen from Andhra Pradesh’s Srikakulam fell into the sea after strong waves hit their boat off Mandasa coast, adding police and other teams are trying to rescue them. Over the next three days, the sea condition will be rough to very rough and fishermen in Odisha, West Bengal and Andhra Pradesh have been asked to not venture into the east-central and adjoining northeast Bay of Bengal and the Andaman Sea.

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