Bhubaneswar: 17/5/20: As depression over southeast Bay of Bengal intensified into a cyclone on Saturday and is set to develop into a severe cyclonic storm, Amphan, Districts collectors of Odisha have been asked to remain alert.
Special Relief Commissioner Pradeep Jena has informed that a decision regarding evacuation of people will be taken after detailed data about the situation.
Besides, Jena has also stated that four districts-Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapara, Bhadrak & Balasore- are prone to Cyclone Amphan.
On the other hand, mapping & take a final call on evacuation will be done after IMD analyses movement of the cyclonic storm & provides data about the same.
Meanwhile, 10 teams of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) have been deployed in Balasore, Bhadrak, Kendrapara, Puri, Jagatsinghpur, Jajpur & Mayurbhanj districts of the state and 7 teams are at 3rd NDRF BN Mundali in Cuttack.
Cyclone Amphan may cross West Bengal–Bangladesh coasts between Sagar Islands (West Bengal) and Hatiya Islands (Bangladesh) during afternoon/evening of May 20, informed IMD.
The weatherman further predicted that sea condition will be very high over southwest and adjoining central Bay of Bengal during next 24 hours.
Fishermen in Odisha have been asked not to venture into the deep sea in view of the impending cyclonic storm that is likely to intensify on Sunday evening and batter the state and neighboring West Bengal over the next few days.