Cyclone Jawad Updates: Cyclonic storm Jawad is 200 km south of Puri in Odisha, according to India Meteorological Department (IMD). Puri Administration has geared up to avoid mishaps.
District Magistrate Samarth Verma said, “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.”
India Meteorological Department (IMD) Bhubaneshwar director HR Biswas on Friday informed that Cyclone Jawad is expected to hit the coastal region of Puri on Sunday.
While speaking to the media, Biswas said, “The Cyclone Jawad was observed moving northwards in the past 1 hour and will continue the same for the next 12 hours. Weakening trend in the intensity of the cyclone and expected to hit the coastal regions of Puri tomorrow and will weaken gradually.”
Biswas further informed that the maximum wind speed is expected to be 75 Km/hr. “Only heavy to very heavy rainfall is expected and no storm warnings in any region. Traffic may be affected due to waterlogging. Evacuations have been done only in the low-lying and vulnerable areas along the coast,” he added.
Ahead of Cyclone Jawad, People at Puri beach in Odisha were asked to vacate the area with their make-shift shops and belongings with police being deployed to expedite the process. Puri Superintendent of Police (SP) Kanwar Vishal Singh told ANI that shelter homes have been established in the city. (ANI)
Following cyclone Jawad, Konark Festival and International Sand Art festival have been cancelled in Odisha. Farmers have been requested to safeguard their produce/crops. Warning has also been issued for those living in low-lying areas. They should be shifted to safer places. “Due to gale wind, people should stay in safer places as landslides are likely to occur”, IMD Amaravati Director Stella Samuel noted.
A total of 64 teams has been earmarked by the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) to handle the situation arising out of the cyclone ‘Jawad’, which is expected to hit the state of Odisha, Andhra Pradesh and West Bengal this weekend on Saturday.
Cyclone Jawad Updates