The Odisha government on Tuesday asked all 30 districts of the state to remain on alert after a met department forecast indicated that a depression near Andaman Sea might take the shape of a cyclonic storm, officials said.
“We have asked the collectors of 16 districts to stay on high alert. Government officials on leave have been told to rejoin in view of the impending cyclone,” Odisha special relief commissioner PK Mohapatra said.
The 16 districts that had been put on alert are Balasore, Kendrapara, Bhadrak, Jagatsinghpur, Puri, Ganjam, Jajpur, Cuttack, Khordha, Nayagarh, Mayurbhanj, Gajapati, Dhenkanal, Keonjhar, Malkangiri and Koraput.
The state government had also kept the Odisha Disaster Rapid Action Force and fire brigade personnel ready, Mohapatra said.
A bulletin by the Bhubaneswar Meteorological Centre of the Indian Meteorological Department said a low pressure area formed on Monday over Tenasserim Coast and
adjoining Andaman Sea had concentrated into a depression on Tuesday.
“It would move in a west-northwesterly direction and intensify into a deep depression within 24 hours and further intensify into a cyclonic storm thereafter,” the met department said.
Met department sources said the cyclonic storm will pass through Odisha and Andhra Pradesh coast on October 12, but its intensity was expected to be much less than last year’s Cyclone Phailin. “Its concrete shape could be spelt out by October 9,” a source said.