The cyclonic storm ‘Butterfly’, due to the pressure on the Bay of Bengal, took a huge turn on Wednesday and is now heading towards the Odisha-Andhra Pradesh coast. Due to this cyclonic storm, there has been rains in many parts of Odisha.
Indian Meteorological Department said that with the strong winds of 145 kilometers per hour of cyclonic storm, there is a possibility of reaching Gopalpur in Odisha and Kalingapattnam in Andhra Pradesh by Thursday morning.
Given the butterfly cyclone, the Odisha Administration has made Chak Chownd arrangement. Chief Secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi has ordered to close all the schools, colleges and Anganwadi centers on October 11 and 12. The Chief Secretary said that the butterfly is moving very fast towards south Odisha and it is expected that at 5:30 in the morning, it will create a lot of heat in the state.
In view of the seriousness of the cyclone, the people of five districts have been ordered to evacuate the area as soon as possible, while the administration has made preparations to deal with any untoward incident.
It is also affecting the train. The train coming from Hyderabad, Visakhapatnam has been stopped after 6:30 p.m. today evening. Meanwhile, the movement of trains of any kind has been banned since 10 o’clock tonight. While the trains coming from Howrah and Kharagpur this evening have been stopped after Bhadrak.
The department said in a statement, “Butterfly went ahead with a speed of 10 kilometers per hour and it took the form of a massive cyclonic storm and it was about 370 km from Gopalpur in Odisha. In the far south-southwest, the West is on the west coast of the Bay of Bengal.
It said that it is expected to take a tremendous form during its next 18 hours. There is a possibility of moving north-northwest of the cyclone northwards and crossing the northern coast of Odisha and Andhra Pradesh between Gopalpur and Kalingapatnam on Thursday morning.
Weather station director of Bhubaneswar HR Biswas said that after this the cyclone is likely to cross Odisha and move towards Gangetic coastal areas of West Bengal and after that it will gradually weaken.
Some areas of coastal Odisha have rained on Wednesday. The meteorological department has declared ‘heavy to heavy rainfall’ in many areas till Thursday and in some areas ‘extreme heavy rainfall’.
The Meteorological Department has advised people not to go to the shores for fishing and to go to the shore at safer places. Fishermen have been advised not to enter the sea till Friday.
The Odisha government is also vigilant about the possibility of floods in the wake of heavy rains in the state. The state government has already announced a high alert in all the districts. Officials said that the District Magistrates have been asked to be alert and move people living in lower areas.
The state government has ordered the closure of schools, colleges and anganwadi centers in Gajapati, Ganjam, Puri and Jagatsinghpur districts since Wednesday. Due to the fear of flood, around 300 motorized boats have been set up till October 11.
Chief Secretary AP He said that the National Disaster Response Force and the Odisha Disaster Response Force were sent to the fire brigade personnel in different districts.