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Puri, Odisha is undergoing evacuations, cyclonic storm is expected to weaken into deep depression

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By Saturday morning, the cyclonic storm is predicted to approach the coasts of north Andhra Pradesh and Odisha, before moving down the coasts of Odisha and neighbouring Andhra Pradesh and touching the shoreline around Puri by December 5 lunchtime.

The India Meteorological Department stated on Saturday that cyclonic storm ‘Jawad’ is expected to diminish into a deep depression before reaching landfall near Puri, Odisha, on Sunday. In north coastal Andhra Pradesh and south coastal Odisha, heavy rain is forecast. The districts of Srikakulam, Vizianagaram, and Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh have been issued a red colour alert for Saturday. The districts of Gajapati, Ganjam, Puri, and Jagatsinghpur in Odisha have also been issued with a red alert.

Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba inspected the preparations for the impending cyclone ‘Jawad’ in the Bay of Bengal region on Friday and urged all agencies involved to ensure no lives are lost and property damage is kept to a minimum. The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has set up a total of 64 teams to deal with the aftermath of cyclonic storm ‘Jawad.’

Puri, Odisha, is undergoing an evacuation

People are being evacuated from vulnerable locations, according to Puri District Magistrate Samarth Verma, who also stated that teams are ready to restore amenities such as power and drinking water after the cyclone. Hot meals are being served to those in storm shelters, he said. Before reaching landfall near Puri on December 5, Cyclone ‘Jawad’ is expected to diminish into a deep depression.

According to the India Meteorological Department, the cyclonic storm is expected to subside into a deep depression before making landfall near Puri, Odisha, on Sunday. It clearly said, “It is likely to weaken gradually and move nearly northwards during the next 12 hours and then north-northeastwards along the coast of Odisha, reaching near Puri around December 5 noon as a deep depression. Subsequently, it is likely to weaken further and continue to move north-northeastwards along the coast of Odisha towards the coast of West Bengal”.

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