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Cyclone Jawad to touch Odisha's Puri on Sunday; ‘very heavy’ rainfall likely in 3 states. 10 points

Cyclone Jawad is expected to cause heavy to very heavy rainfall in Odisha, parts of Andhra Pradesh and West Bengal over the next few days. (HT_PRINT)Premium
Cyclone Jawad is expected to cause heavy to very heavy rainfall in Odisha, parts of Andhra Pradesh and West Bengal over the next few days. (HT_PRINT)

  • Depression over Bay of Bengal intensified into deep depression and likely to intensify into a cyclonic storm during next 12 hours, IMD said on Friday morning

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Issuing extensive warning in the view of Cyclone Jawad, India Meteorological Department (IMD), it is likely to touch the coast near Puri in Odisha around noon on 5 December. Earlier in the morning, the weather office said, depression over Bay of Bengal intensified into deep depression and likely to intensify into a cyclonic storm during next 12 hours. 

Meanwhile, heavy to very heavy rainfall is expected in Odisha, parts of Andhra Pradesh and West Bengal in the next few days. IMD has been issuing regular bulletins with the latest forecast to all the concerned States.

What we know so far:

  • IMD said Cyclone Jawad is likely to hit the coast of North Andhra Pradesh-Odisha around the morning of December 4. Very heavy rainfall is likely to start in north coastal Andhra Pradesh and south coastal Odisha by Friday evening. The intensity of rainfall is likely to increase on Saturday.
  • Odisha: Red alert has been issued for 4 Odisha districts, Orange alert for 7 and Yellow alert for 4 districts predicting ‘heavy’ to ‘very heavy’ rainfall. Fishing activities will remain prohibited till 5 December. Odisha is likely to be the worst-affected state
  • In Odisha, as many as 266 rescue teams including National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), State Fire Services and Odisha Disaster Rapid Action Force will be deployed in coastal districts.
  • Umashankar Das, a scientist at the IMD, as quoted by ANI, said 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. There is a possibility of landslides in hilly areas.
  • East Coast Railway has decided to cancel as many as 95 trains. It further said in a tweet, as per forecast of Met Dept., Cyclone 'Jawad' may hit Odisha on 3rd - 4th Dec. For the safety of passengers 95 Trains originating from different destination and passing over ECoR and originating from ECoR have been cancelled.
  • West Bengal: Heavy to very heavy rainfall is expected in parts of West Bengal from 3 to 6 December, the weather office said. The NDRF has deployed eight teams in state - 2 teams have been deployed in Kolkata and one each in South 24 Parganas, North 24 Parganas, East Midnapore, West Midnapore, Hooghly, and Nadia.
  • Andhra Pradesh: In view of the cyclone, all schools across the Visakhapatnam and Srikakulam districts will be closed today and tomorrow.
  • Around 65 ongoing trains were cancelled from the Visakhapatnam district for Dec 3 & 4, a senior official said.
  • Jharkhand: Cyclone Jawad is likely to have moderate impact in Jharkhand. IMD officials said that no warning had been issued for Jharkhand in view of the cyclone. Light rainfall is expected in some districts between 3 to 6 December.
  • On Thursday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a review meeting with senior officials on Jawad. As per his office, the PM Modi directed officials to take every possible measure to ensure that people are safely evacuated and to ensure maintenance of all essential services such as Power, Telecommunications, health, drinking water etc. and that they are restored immediately in the event of any disruption.

(With inputs from agencies)

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