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Cyclone alert in 7 Odisha districts

January 5, 2019

The government of Odisha has put seven districts on high alert after warning of cyclonic storm 'Pabuk' entering the state. Pabuk was formed over South China Sea and is moving towards Odisha. The seven districts that have been put on high alert are Kendrapara, Bhadrak, Balasore, Jagatsinghpur, Ganjam, Puri and Khordha. Pabuk is expected to cross Andaman Islands on 6 January and coast of Myanmar by 8 January. The Revenue and Disaster Management Department has asked residents to be extremely careful.

Tourists and fishermen have also been alerted. Fishermen are asked not to go the sea for another one week till the cyclone settles down. Heavy rains are also expected in these areas.

The sea condition will be rough to very rough over Andaman Sea along south Myanmar and Thailand coast from 4 Jan evening. To become very rough to high over Andaman Sea on 5th and over Andaman Sea and adjoining areas of eastcentral and southeast Bay of Bengal on 6th and 7th. The fishermen are advised not to venture into Andaman Sea during 4-7 Jan and into adjoining southeast and eastcentral Bay of Bengal during 6-7 Jan-National Disaster Management Authority, Govt of India

Though Pabuk has a speed of 40-50 km/hr, it is expected to hit up to 102 km/hr by the time it reaches Andaman Islands. Weather forecast department has also said that West Bengal need not worry about Pabuk since the cyclone will not be moving towards the state.

"No one really knows what #cyclonepabuk will bring, but whatever happens... #Bestrong, look out for those closest to you and recover better. . Be well, and If you can see how to help", tweeted Toby Street.

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