Bhubaneswar: Cyclonic storm ‘DAYE’ crossed the coast near Gopalpur in Odisha early Friday, triggering heavy downpour accompanied by high velocity wind in several parts of the state. Its impact is likely to continue till Saturday with heavy to very heavy rainfall likely in Rayagada, Kalahandi, Koraput and Nabarangpur districts till Saturday, the MeT said.

Furthermore, heavy to very heavy rainfall is also likely to occur at some places in Balangir, Bararh, Jharsuguda, Sambalpur, Sundargarh, Keonjhar and Mayurbhanj districts.

The cyclonic storm “DAYE” over northwest Bay of Bengal moved west-northwestward with a speed of about 23 kmph and crossed south Odisha and adjoining Andhra Pradesh coast close to Gopalpur in the early hours of Friday, Director, Meteorological Centre, Bhubaneswar, HR Biswas said. Adding further, he informed that the cyclonic system then lay centred over south Odisha, about 40 km west-northwest of Gopalpur and about 150 km east-southeast of Bhawanipatna.

The MeT centre also warned of gale wind with speed reaching 60-70 kmph and gusting up to 80 kmph along and off south Odisha coast for a few hours. Following the landfall, heavy to very heavy rainfall was experienced in some places in Gajapati, Ganjam, Puri, Rayagada, Kalahandi, Koraput, Malkangiri and Nabarangpur districts of the state. The impact of the cyclonic storm was felt more in Gajapati, Ganjam, Khordha, Nayagarh and Puri districts. Reports about damage, if any, is being ascertained.

The cyclonic storm is likely to continue to move west-northwestward and weaken gradually into a deep depression.

Alert Sounded in Coastal Districts of Odisha

In the wake of cyclone ‘DAYE’, the state government has instructed officials in coastal districts and various departments to be alert to tackle any emergency situation. As a precautionary measure, danger signs with signal number 3, which warns of surface winds clocking 40-50 kmph, have been hoisted at all ports of Odisha.

Earlier on Thursday, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik held a review meeting and directed the officials of coastal districts to be alert and prepared to take steps to ensure no loss of life. He also asked them to arrange adequate relief materials and directed that special attention be given to water, electricity supply and hospitals. He also issued direction for cancelling holiday in government offices in Ganjam, Gajapati, Puri, Nayagarh and Khurda districts, which are likely to be hit by fierce winds.

The cyclone warning division’s (CWD) advisory said the sea will be very rough over central and north Bay of Bengal and off Odisha, West Bengal and north Andhra Pradesh coasts. There will also be a storm surge of about 0.5 m above astronomical tides and it is likely to inundate low-lying areas of Vizianagaram, Srikakulam districts in Andhra Pradesh and Gajapati, Ganjam, Khurda and Puri districts in Odisha at the time of landfall, it said.

Taking the situation into account, the NDRF and the ODRAF have been deployed in different districts. One NDRF team each has been deployed in Kalahandi, Rayagada, Gajapati, Puri, Nayagarh and Kandhamal districts with 17 boats and other emergency equipment.

(Inputs from PTI)