New Delhi: The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) on Saturday sounded a ‘yellow’ alert in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands in view of cyclone Pabuk. The cyclone is now advancing to the Islands after creating havoc in Thailand. The advisory by the weather department said, “Sea condition will be high over the Andaman Islands, the Andaman Sea and adjoining areas of east-central and the southeast Bay of Bengal from the evening of 5 January till the morning of 7 January. The sea condition will be very rough over the Nicobar Islands till 6 January.”

On Friday, the Odisha government put seven districts on alert in wake of cyclone Pabuk. 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)

In the previous advisory issued by IMD on Friday said, “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.”

Fishermen were 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 were also instructed to return to the coast by tonight.