New Delhi, Nov 15 (UNI) The cyclonic storm SIDR is likely to intensify further today bringing in its wake heavy rainfall resulting in floods in low lying coastal districts of West Bengal and Orissa during the next 48 hours.
The cyclone would be associated with gale of speed 90-120 kmps which may reach upto 175 to 200 kmph. The worst affected districts were likely to be 24 Parganas and Midnapore in West Bengal and Balasore, Bhadrak, Kendrapara and Jagatsinghpur in Orissa, the Home Ministry said sounding an alert.
It advised people to take precaution in view of the alert and advised fishermen not to venture into sea.
''The very severe cyclonic storm 'SIDR' over east central and adjoining west central Bay of Bengal has moved further northwards and lay centered at 0830 hours IST of today over east-central and adjoining west-central and north Bay of Bengal near Latitude 18.0 North and Longitude 89.0 East, about 530 km South of Kolkata. It is likely to intensify further and move in a northerly direction,'' IMD reported.
The system with maximum sustained wind speed of 200 kmph is likely to cross West Bengal-Bangladesh coast east of Sagar island near Longitude 89.0 East by tonight around midnight as the system has shown fast movement, it pointed out.
Under its influence, the coastal districts of both the states would witness rain/thundershowers at most places with heavy to very heavy rain falls at a few places and isolated extremely heavy rain fall of 25 cm or more likely over coastal districts of West Bengal during next 48 hours causing floods in low lying areas.