Cyclone Storm 'Daye' Crosses Odisha, Heavy Rains To Continue Till Saturday

| September 21 , 2018 , 12:53 IST

Even as the monsoon season comes to an end in most parts of the country, the cyclonic storm 'Daye' crossed the coast of Odisha near Gopalpur on Friday, triggering heavy downpour along with high velocity wins in several parts of the state. The heavy rains are expected to continue till Saturday.

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik had on Thursday conducted a review meeting over the upcoming storm, asking officials to closely monitor the situation and take appropriate steps to ensure no loss of life.

Official sources say that coastal districts and various departments have been put on alert while NDRF and ODRAF teams have been deployed with 17 boats and other emergency equipment.

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According to H.R. Biswas, Director of the Meteorological Centre, Bhubaneswar, the cyclonic storm 'Daye' coming northwest over Bay of Bengal moved west-northwestward with a speed of 23 kmph to cross south Odisha adjoining Andhra Pradesh coast, close to Gopalpur in the early hours of Friday. He added that it would continue to move west-northwestward and weaken gradually into a deep depression.

As the Daye storm made landfall, heavy rains were noted in Gajapati, Ganjam, Puri, Rayagada, Kalahandi, Koraput, Malkangiri and Nabarangpur districts of the state, officials said. Further heavy rains are expected on Saturday to hit the districts of Rayagada, Kalahandi, Koraput and Nabarangpur.

Earlier this year, heavy rains, landslides and floods have caused massive devastation in Kerala, in one of the worst deluges in 100 years, resulting in the death of more than 450 people, forced evacuation of 7 lakh locals, and an overall damage worth Rs 8,000 crores.

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