Cyclone Alert in Odisha; Low pressure may Develop on May 10

Bhubaneswar: Even though a complete picture of the likely cyclone has still to emerge, the Odisha government on Tuesday ordered 11 departments and Collectors on high alert to deal with any emergency situation that may arise as a result of the weather system.

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Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) Satyabrata Sahu told the media today that summer cyclones are always unpredictable. There is no need to fear, as all precautions are being done to deal with any eventuality, as the month of May is prone to cyclones.

Despite the fact that the IMF has not issued a prognosis, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has examined the situation and stated that the state is completely equipped to deal with any emergent circumstance.

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has informed that a cyclonic circulation is likely to develop over southeast Bay of Bengal around May 6. A low pressure system is predicted to arise in the following 48 hours as a result of its effect, SRC informed.

“We are not concerned with predictions made by other models.” Rather, we are focusing on the IMD forecast because they have yet to issue a cyclone forecast. “The CM has reviewed the situation, and a review meeting was held today,” Sahu explained.

According to the SRC, IMD always produces forecasts following a rigorous micro-planning foundation. It is worth noting that multiple rounds of discussions were done previously to guarantee thorough planning and cooperation amongst various agencies to deal with any situation.

International forecaster Jason Nicholls had earlier stated that circumstances were favourable for the formation of a low pressure system over the South Bay of Bengal this weekend or early next week, with the potential to develop into a cyclonic storm later next week. “Interests from East India to Bangladesh and Myanmar should keep an eye out for potential consequences,” he added.

Mostafa Kamal Palash, a Weather and Climate PhD Researcher and Meteorologist at the University of Saskatchewan in Canada, said on Facebook on Monday that the cyclone is expected to form between May 9 and 11 and hit the Bangladesh coast between May 13 and 16 with a speed of 170km.


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