The Odisha government has put seven districts on alert after cyclonic activities were witnessed in the South China Sea.
An advisory issued by the Revenue and Disaster management department on Thursday said that a cyclonic storm Pabuk lay centered over South China Sea, about 1,500 km east-southeast of Port Blair.
“The cyclonic storm is very likely to move west-northwestwards and emerge into Andaman sea around January 5, 2019. It is likely to cross Andaman islands around evening/night of January 6,” the advisory read.
The cyclonic storm will then move north-northwestwards, recurve towards Myanmar coast and weaken further during January 7-8, 2019, it added.
Squally wind with a speed ranging between 40-50 kmph gusting to 60 kmph with a gradual increase up to 75 kmph is likely over the Andaman Sea from January 4.
“Heavy rains are predicted in the Andaman Islands from January 5-7,” aid scientist AK Sen told news agency IANS, as approaching tropical cyclone ‘Pabuk’ is expected to emerge in the Andaman sea on January 5 and is likely to cross the islands on January 6.
The Special Relief Commissioner asked collectors of seven districts including, Balasore, Bhadrak, Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapara, Puri, Ganjam and Khurda to stay alert and monitor the situation.
There is no specific warning that has been issued for fishermen till now, however, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) has advised fishermen not to venture into the deep sea.