Cyclone alert issued for Orissa, West Bengal coast

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New Delhi, Nov 14 (UNI) The government has issued a cyclone alert for Orissa and West Bengal coast and advised people to take precaution and fishermen not to venture into the sea fearing possibility of heavy rain/ thundershowers and squall tomorrow and on the day after.

According to the Indian Meteorological Department, yesterday's very severe cyclonic storm 'Sidr' over South East Bay of Benal has moved Northwards and lay centred today. It would intensify further and move in Northerly direction and cross West Bengal-Bangladesh coast near Sagar Island on November 16.

Under its influence rain/thundershowers at most places and heavy to very heavy rain fall at a few places over coastal districts of West Bengal and North Orissa are likely along with squally wind of speed reaching 50 KMPH to 60 kmph commencing from tomorrow forenoon.

As the system progresses Northward, the wind speed and rainfall would intensify and increase over the coastal districts in two states. Sea conditions would also be very rough so the fishermen in these areas have been advised not to venture into the sea. Squally winds reaching 45kmph to 55 kmph were also likely to continue during the next 24 hours over Andaman Islands and adjoining sea. Fishermen in these islands have also been advised not to venture into the sea.

UNI

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