Odisha government has put seven districts on high alert after Cyclone Pabuk activities were witnessed in the South China Sea. From January 5 to January 7, heavy rainfall and poor weather are likely in Andaman and Nicobar Islands, as approaching tropical Cyclone “Pabuk” is expected to emerge on January 5 in the Andaman Sea and will cross the islands on January 6.

On Thursday, an advisory was issued by the Revenue and Disaster Management Department said that a Cyclonic storm Pabuk lays centred over the South China Sea, nearly 1500 km east-southeast of Port Blair.

The advisory further reads that “The cyclonic storm is very likely to move west-north-westwards and emerge into the Andaman Sea around January 5, 2019. It is likely to cross the Andaman Islands around evening/night of January 6.”

Cyclone Pabuk will then move north-westwards, reserve towards Myanmar Coast and weaken further from January 7 to January 8, it said.

Aid Scientist AK Sen told the source that “Heavy rains are predicted in the Andaman Islands from January 5-7.”

Squally wind with a speed ranges between 40-50 kmph gusting to 60 kmph with a gradual increase up to 75 kmph is expected over the Andaman Sea from January 4.

The collectors of the 7 Odisha districts- Bhadrak, Jagatsinghpur, Balasore, Kendrapara, Ganjam, Puri, and Khurda- have been asked to stay alert and to monitor the situation.

However, no specific warning has been issued to the fishermen, said the weather department has suggested them not to venture into the deep sea.

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