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State to witness heavy rainfall on Oct 24, alert issued


By TC News Desk

Agartala: October 21. The metrological centre in Agartala has issued yellow and orange alert for the state for heavy rainfall activity over during 24th and 25th October.

In a press release MeT said a Low Pressure Area lies over north Andaman Sea and adjoining areas of south Andaman Sea & Southeast Bay of Bengal with the associated cyclonic circulation extending upto 7.6 Km above mean sea level.

“It is very likely to move west northwestwards and concentrate into a Depression over eastcentral & adjoining southeast Bay of Bengal around 22nd October and moving northwestwards intensify further into a Deep Depression on 23rd October. Subsequently, it is very likely to re-curve north north eastwards and intensify into a Cyclonic Storm over west central & adjoining east central Bay of Bengal by 24th October. Thereafter, it is likely to continue to move gradually north northeastwards and reach near West Bengal- Bangladesh coasts on 25th October, skirting Odisha coast. Under its influence fairly widespread/widespread rainfall accompanied with heavy to very heavy rainfall at isolated places is very likely to occur over the north eastern states during 24-25 October”, it reads.

It further said under its influence, widespread rainfall accompanied with thunderstorm, lightning, heavy to very heavy rainfall at isolated places is very likely to continue over Tripura during 24 to 25 October.

Meanwhile, the revenue department has written a letter to all District Magistrates to be prepared for the extreme weather prediction for heavy rainfall activity.

“…heavy to very heavy rainfall in isolated places on 24 and 25 October due to low pressure in Bay of Bengal. IMD Agartala Centre is issuing special bulletin for the purpose frequently in accordance to the cloud movements. Heavy rains and thunderstorms may affect this Diwali festival”, it reads.

The department has directed all the DMs to assess the situation regularly, alert NDRF/SDRF/TSR/Fire & ES/Trained Volunteers and QRTS and identify the locations where to respond. If needed, press them to action immediately.

“Keep ready the equipment like boats, life jackets and other flood rescue items. Monitoring of river flows, embankments and catchment areas and take immediate preventive and preparedness measures. Evacuate people from low lying areas to the safe shelters and start providing relief if needed. Start operating pumps in inundated areas to extract flood water. Make immediate damage assessment and report to SEOC by 2PM along with information of action taken. Response teams/ line depts to take immediate action for removing debris and restoring essential services”, the order reads.

It further asked the DMs to depute officers or key officials for specific response and if needed, keep standby trained volunteers for rescue, relief etc.“Need based response to be taken up immediately as per disaster management plan”, it added.

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