India Meteorological Department forecasts heavy rainfall in Odisha and neighbouring areas of Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Bihar and eastern Uttar Pradesh
The Indian Army has mobilised an engineering column comprising medical and signal entities from Bhubaneswar to Gopalpur in Ganjam District.
The IMD forecast withdrawal of four month long monsoon season from North West Indian to begin after 48 hours once cyclone weakens.
Cyclone Phailin is comparable with the super-cyclone that devastated the Odisha coast in 1999, killing nearly 10,000 people.
Many farmers are selling organic vegetables in small towns at a relatively small premium over the chemical-laden vegetables, and are making money.
IMD suggested total suspension of fishing operations and evacuation from coastal areas when the cyclone would be 500 km from the coast across Odisha and north Andhra.
A severe cyclone with gusts of wind at 200 km an hour is forecast to smash the coast of Odisha and Andhra Pradesh on Saturday.
The fishermen were advised not to venture into Andaman sea and adjoining east central Bay of Bengal during next 48 hours.
Monsoon began retreating on schedule in early September but it paused and stood still for almost a month, getting delayed for the eight consecutive year.
Meteorologist said that the depression over North Andaman Sea has moved westward with a speed of 18 Kmph during past 3 hours
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