Storm alert sounded in coastal Orissa

May 24th, 2009 - 12:47 am ICT by IANS  

Bhubaneswar, May 23 (IANS) Orissa’s coastal districts were Saturday put on alert as a depression that had formed over western-central Bay of Bengal was predicted to intensify into a cyclonic storm.
The depression was centered at about 470 km south-south-east off the port town of Paradip, the meteorological office here said.

It is likely to intensify into a cyclonic storm and move in a near northerly direction and cross the West Bengal-Bangladesh Coast Monday evening, according to the weather office.

Sea conditions would remain rough to very rough and fishermen were advised against venturing into the sea along the Orissa coast.

“We have alerted officials of all coastal districts to remain alert,” Bhimsen Gochayat, officer on special duty in the state revenue control room, told IANS.

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