The landfall process of cyclone Gulab that commenced at around 6 p.m. on Sunday evening over North coastal Andhra Pradesh and adjoining South coastal Odisha will continue until around 9 to 9:30 p.m. tonight. Under the impact of the cyclone moderate wind and rainfall are being experienced in some South Odisha districts.
Ahead of the landfall today while Prime Minister Narendra Modi has assured Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik of all possible support in overcoming the adversity, Chief Minister Mr Patnaik had reviewed the cyclone preparedness in about 7 districts of South Odisha. Accordingly, as a precautionary measure the local administration of South Odisha districts like Gajapati, Ganjam and Rayagada have evacuated people from areas likely to be affected by landslides and inundation. Pre emptive measures have also been taken in view of possible flash floods in some South Odisha rivers like Rushikulya. NDRF and ODRAF teams have been deployed across 7 districts to stand by the people for rescue and relief operation. Meanwhile, Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan has appealed to the people of the cyclone affected districts to abide by the directives of the local administration.