Special preparations are also being made in Odisha to protect against Cyclone Hamun. Odisha Special Relief Commissioner Satyabrata Sahu has advised the Collectors of 13 of the 30 districts of the state to be prepared to face any eventuality during the rains in view of the cyclone forecast in the Gulf region. He said, to avoid the storm, the common people have been asked to keep an eye on the weather updates and stay in safe places. Along with this, it is advised to travel to urban areas keeping in mind the weather.
Odisha Fisheries and Animal Resources Development Department has issued an alert for fishing ports and farmers. The department has warned fishermen not to venture into the Bay of Bengal between October 23-25. Fishermen who ventured into the deep sea have been advised to return to shore, an official said. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) on October 23, 2023 said that due to the impact of the cyclone, many parts of coastal Odisha are likely to receive light to moderate rainfall from October 23-25.
The wind rose at a speed of eight kilometers per hour
The deep depression over west-central Bay of Bengal moved northeast at 8 kmph and centered over the same area at 5.30 am on October 23, about 400 km south of Paradip, Odisha, 550 km south-southwest. Odisha’s Special Relief Commissioner in his updated post in 2015 said it is likely to intensify into a cyclonic storm in the next six hours (October 23 evening). If the system develops into a cyclone, it will be called Hamun, a name given by Iran based on the formula adopted for naming cyclones in the Indian Ocean region.
What do meteorologists say?
According to the meteorological agency, Hamun will weaken as it moves towards the coast of Bangladesh. According to The New Indian Express, sources said, “It is very likely to move in an almost north-northeast direction and cross the Bangladesh coast between Khepupara and Chittagong on October 25 evening as a deep depression. Under its influence, light to moderate rainfall is likely over the coastal districts of Odisha.” , said Umashankar Das, senior scientist at IMD’s regional centre, Bhubaneswar. Das said it would be a very weak system and would have little impact on Odisha.