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A low-pressure system in the Bay of Bengal intensified into a cyclonic storm ‘Jawad’ on Friday morning, said the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD).
National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) Director General Atul Karwal on Saturday said the impact of Cyclonic storm ‘Jawad’ is not as strong as it was expected, and it is weakening.
The DG said there is rainfall in Coastal areas and light rainfall in other places, but electricity is not disrupted, mobile connectivity is still continued and there are no road blockages as of now.
People at Puri beach in Odisha has been asked to vacate the area as cyclone Jawad approaches. Police has been deployed to expedite the process, newss agency ANI reported.
Puri Superintendent of Police (SP) Kanwar Vishal Singh told ANI that shelter homes have been established in the city.
“The safety of the people is our topmost priority. Everyone present at the Puri beach has been asked to vacate the area. Shelter homes have been established in Puri; all are requested to follow government guidelines on Cyclone Jawad,” Singh said.
Union minister Piyush Goyal on Saturday reviewed the arrangements and preparations made by state governments of Andhra Pradesh, Odisha and West Bengal to deal with cyclone Jawad.
The minister underscored the need for drawing of a comprehensive action plan towards managing this natural disaster in the most effective way by incorporating the inputs and suggestions of all stakeholders.
Watch as people return to safety with their belongings and shops away from the sea beach.
In the latest update, “The Jawad cyclone is known to be currently located around 210 km in the southeast of Vishakhapatnam and 390km southwest of Puri. The cyclone is showing signs of weakening. The cyclone will move away from Odisha by tomorrow evening,” said Pradeep Kumar Jena, Relief Commissioner, Odisha.
Puri District Magistrate Samarth Verma informed that teams that will undertake the restoration of power and drinking water supply services are in place.
“The evacuation of people from vulnerable areas is ongoing. Teams for restoration of services like power and drinking water supply post-cyclone are ready. Those in cyclone shelters are being provided with hot meals,” Verma said.
At 5.30 am on Saturday, Cyclone Jawad lay centred over west-central Bay of Bengal about 230 km southeast of Vishakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh and 410 km south-southwest of Puri in Odisha, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) informed in an official statement.
Cyclone Jawad is likely to weaken into a deep depression before it reaches the Odisha-Andhra Pradesh coast by Saturday noon, officials said.
The development comes as a relief for the eastern state already battered by two cyclones in the last one year – ‘Gulab’ and ‘Yaas’.
“It is likely to weaken gradually and move northwards during the next 12 hours and then north-northwards along the Odisha coast, reaching close to Puri… as a deep depression,” the India Meteorological Department said.
Here are the latest updates:-
Rainfall: Light rainfall has already started and wind speed is expected to increase in a few hours. “We are asking people in the coastal areas of old and new Digha to move to safer places,” said M Kalaiyasan 2nd Batallion, NDRF. Heavy rain is also likely to occur on Monday in the districts of North and South 24 Parganas, Nadia and Murshidabad
Trains cancelled: Indian Railways also decided to cancel more than seventy-five passengers trains passing through Odisha for two days on December 4 and 5 in the wake of Cyclone Jawad.
Bengal govt plans: IMD has also issued red, orange and yellow alert for various districts in West Bengal. The state on Saturday evacuated thousands of people in South 24 Parganas and Purba Medinipur districts and urged tourists in popular sea resorts to stay away from beaches.
Fishermen warning: Earlier the IMD had issued fisherman warning asking them not to venture into westcentral and northwest Bay of Bengal and along and off North Andhra Pradesh-Odisha-West Bengal coast.
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