Cyclone Sitrang: Odisha and West Bengal coast likely to trigger heavy rainfall by October 23

The cyclonic storm Sitrang is most likely to skirt the Odisha coast and head towards the West Bengal-Bangladesh coasts around October 25, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said Thursday.

The IMD in its latest forecast clearly mentioned that the low pressure formed today is likely to move west-northwestwards and concentrate into a Depression over the east-central and adjoining Southeast Bay of Bengal around October 22.

Further, the system will concentrate on a deep depression on October 23. Subsequently, it is very likely to recurve northwards and intensify into a cyclonic storm over west central and adjoining east-central Bay of Bengal by October 24.

IMD's Director-General Mrutunjay Mohapatra said that accurate prediction on the intensity and trajectory could be made only after the formation of the low-pressure area.

The Odisha government on Wednesday put seven coastal districts of the state on alert in view of the forecast of a cyclone over the Bay of Bengal.

Ganjam, Puri, Khurda, Jagatsinghpur, Bhadrak, Kendrapara, and Balasore districts were asked to take all precautionary measures by the state's Special Relief Commissioner (SRC).

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