Tuesday, November 29, 2022

‘Sitrang’ intensifies into severe cyclonic storm

As Cyclone ‘Sitrang’ intensifies into a severe cyclonic storm by early hours of October 26, a maximum alert has been sounded in North Eastern states.
All the concerned districts, disaster management authorities and agencies have been asked to remain maximum alert with all precautionary measures to deal with the heavy to very heavy rainfall predicted. According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD), the cyclone, named Sitrang by Thailand, is very likely to intensify into a severe cyclonic storm with wind speed reaching 90 to 100 kmph gusting to 110 kmph.
IMD Regional Meteorological Centre Guwahati stated that Deep depression over eastcentral Bay of Bengal moved northwestwards with a speed of 18 kmph. It is very likely to move northwestwards and intensify into a cyclonic storm over central Bay of Bengal.
Thereafter, it would recurve and move northnortheastwards and cross Bangladesh coast between Tinkona Island and Sandwip close to Barisal around October 25 early morning.
Under its influence fairly widespread/widespread rainfall accompanied with Thunderstorm/Lightning/heavy to very heavy rainfall with extremely heavy rainfall at isolated places is very likely to occur over the North Eastern states during October 24-26, 2022.
NSDMA advisory
Nagaland State Disaster Management Authority (NSDMA) has directed all District Disaster Management Authorities (DDMAs) and concerned department to be prepared and vigilant for any eventualities including disruption to normal services and activities in their respective districts and/or in their respective departmental area of concerns.
In an advisory, the home commissioner Abhijit Sinha advised all the citizens of the state to take the following suggested actions during these periods for their personal safety: Follow traffic advisories issued, if any; avoid going to areas that face water logging problems/river front; avoid staying in vulnerable structure/ landslide prone areas; provide proper drainage in the cropped field if heavy rainfall is expected and be updated.
Any persons violating any order/direction under the Disaster Management Act, 2005, would be liable for action under relevant section of law, it said.

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