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Cyclone at 110 km off Paradip coast now; heavy rains likely

Bhubaneswar: The very severe cyclone Bulbul is now moving at 110 km off Paradip coast and, by its impact, rains are occurring in Balasore, Bhadrak, Kendrapara, Jagatsinghpur and Jajpur districts. Cooked foods are being served in these five districts, said SRC PK Jena.

Jena said people should not panic as the Bulbul will not hit Odisha coast. He, however, advised people to remain alert against heavy rains. He informed that district administrations of nine districts, Balasore, Bhadrak, Kendrapara, Jagatsinghpur and Jajpur, Mayurbhanj, Cuttack, Puri and Khurda, have been alerted against any possible eventuality.

Two ODRAF and one NDRF teams along with fire service personnel have been deployed in each of the nine districts. While over 350 people have been shifted to cyclone shelters, around 120 people have been taken to safer places in Balasore district, he said. 

The Bulbul is now moving at 13 km per house towards West Bengal and Bangladesh. The cyclone, which is in north-northwest direction, will re-curve and move in north-northeast direction. The cyclone will make landfall at some place between Sundarbana and Khepapur sometime between the evening and midnight today.

Wind blow has been recorded at 70 km by now and it may increase up to 90 kmph. Heavy rains will occur till the Bulbul re-curves by the evening.

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