The weather experts have issued extensive warning for the low-pressure area brewing in the Bay of Bengal and expected to turn into Cyclone Jawad by Friday. The cyclone is expected to cause heavy rainfall in Odisha, parts of Andhra Pradesh and West Bengal.
The wind speed is expected to cross dangerous levels when the cyclone comes close to the landfall. The state governments, in coordination with the Centre, have already made elaborate arrangements to minimise the impact of the cyclonic storm.
Here are the latest developments on Cyclone Jawad:
• Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a review meeting with senior officials on Jawad. He was briefed by the officials about the movement of the cyclonic storm and its likely impact.
• Umashankar Das, a scientist at the India Meteorological Department (IMD), said that there is a possibility of landslides in hilly areas. He advised people to remain indoors. Das also said that the wind speed in coastal areas would be around 60-80 kmph from the afternoon of December 4.
• The IMD has already issued red alert for four districts in Odisha and orange for seven. Fishermen have been advised not to venture into the sea from December 3-5.
• The chief of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) Atul Karwal said that they have deployed 33 more teams at the required places to deal with the situation arising out of the impending cyclone.
• Twenty-nine NDRF teams are already deployed in places which lie on the projected path of the cyclone.
• Eight of these teams have been deployed in West Bengal and eight more will be sent by Thursday night, said Karwal.
• IMD official in Jharkhand said that the cyclone will have moderate impact in the state from December 3-6. They, however, issued no warning for Jharkhand. “On December 3, south Jharkhand districts like Jamshedpur, Seraikela Kharsawan, Chaibasa, parts of Khunti and Ranchi will get light rainfall,” said Abhishek Anand, from IMD’s regional office in Ranchi.
• The government in Odisha, likely to be the worst-affected state, has asked collectors of 13 districts to prepare for evacuation of the people. It has also asked the officials to chalk out a disaster management strategy by requisitioning NDRF, ODRAF and fire department personnel for rescue and relief operation.
• Cyclone Jawad is likely to cross the coasts of Andhra Pradesh and Odisha by the morning of December 4, with wind speeds ranging from 90 kmph to 100 kmph, accompanied by heavy rainfall and tidal waves in the coastal districts of these states.
• On Wednesday, Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba chaired a meeting of the National Crisis Management Committee (NCMC) where he reviewed the preparedness of central ministries agencies and state governments to deal with the cyclonic storm.