Cyclone Jawad: A warning of danger from the Bay of Bengal
Cyclone Jawad will show its game in 12 hours
The low-pressure area in the Bay of Bengal may intensify into a cyclonic storm 'Jawad'. It is very likely to reach north Andhra Pradesh and south Odisha coasts on Saturday morning. The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) said that the pressure over the Bay of Bengal, about 770 km south-southeast of Visakhapatnam, is likely to move north-west on late Thursday night.
This pressure intensified into a deep depression over southeast Bay of Bengal adjoining west-central on Friday morning. According to the Meteorological Department, it is expected to intensify into a cyclonic storm in the next 12 hours and reach north Andhra Pradesh-Odisha coast by Saturday morning.
Heavy to very heavy rains are likely in many parts of Odisha, Andhra Pradesh, and Gangetic West Bengal, prompting the IMD to issue a warning about flooding in low-lying areas and possible damage to standing crops, especially paddy.
The Odisha government has issued guidelines to prevent adverse effects arising out of Cyclone Jawad. Special Relief Commissioner Pradeep Kumar Jena said the government is planning to deploy 266 teams, including National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), State Fire Service, and Odisha Disaster Rapid Response Force (ODRAF), in coastal districts
Jena said, "The state government is fully prepared to deal with the emerging situation, 14 coastal districts have been put on alert and asked to take all necessary steps in view of the coming cyclonic storm."
In order to protect the life and property of fishermen due to Cyclone Jawad, fishing activities in the territorial waters have been suspended along the entire coast of Odisha from December 3 to December 5.
The Department of Fisheries and ARD said, "There is a need to restrict fishing activities from December 3, 2021, to December 5, 2021, along the entire coast of Odisha and Chilika Lake as a precautionary measure in view of the impending cyclonic storm 'Jawad'