Bhubaneswar: The Odisha government on Friday sounded an alert in seven districts in view of the cyclonic storm ‘Pabuk’ which now lays centred some 1500 KMs from Port Blair. An advisory has also been issued by the Revenue and Disaster management department.

The Special Relief Commissioner asked collectors of seven districts – including Balasore, Bhadrak, Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapara, Puri, Ganjam and Khurda – to stay alert and monitor the situation. (Also Read: Cyclone Phethai: 14,000 Hectares of Crops Destroyed in Andhra; Odisha Govt Evacuates More Than 11,000 People to Safe Places)

“A cyclonic storm Pabuk lay centered at 0830 hours IST of 03rd January 2019 over South China Sea near latitude 6.0°N and longitude 105.0° E, about 1500 km east-southeast of Port Blair. It is very likely to move west-northwestwards and emerge into Andaman sea around the forenoon of 05th January 2019. Thereafter, it is very likely to move northwestwards and cross Andaman islands around evening/ night of 06th January. Thereafter, it is very likely to move north-northwestwards and then recurve northeastwards towards Myanmar coast and weaken further during 7th -8th January, 2019,” the advisory read.

Furthermore, a weatherman told IANS that the cyclone is gradually approaching and is likely to emerge into the Andaman sea around the forenoon of January 5. Heavy rain is predicted for the next day as the storm will pass across the islands. “It will then recurve towards the northeast and move to Myanmar coast,” he said.

Fishermen have been advised not to venture into the Andaman sea from January 4-7 and into the adjoining southeast and the east-central Bay of Bengal from January 6-7. Fishermen and others in the deep sea have also been advised to return to the coast by tonight.

In a separate incident on November 16, Cyclone ‘Gaja’ had crossed the Tamil Nadu coast early between Nagapattinam, about 300 km from here, and nearby Vedaranyam. It had claimed 46 lives and left a trail of destruction in over 10 districts, including Nagapttinam, Thiruvarur, Puthukottai and Thanjavur.