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Andaman sea low pressure area gains strength, expected to develop Into depression

The low pressure area over the Andaman Sea and the adjoining Bay of Bengal has intensified, becoming ‘well marked,’ and is anticipated to evolve into a depression on Thursday, according to the Meteorological Department. Predictions suggest that the system could intensify into a cyclonic storm by the first week of December. In response, the Odisha government has urged the agriculture department to take precautionary measures to safeguard crops from potential rain damage. Additionally, the fisheries department has been directed to ensure that fishermen avoid venturing into the sea starting Friday.

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) reported in its morning bulletin that the low pressure area, initially located over the south Andaman Sea and the adjoining southeast Bay of Bengal, has transformed into a well-marked low pressure area. It is expected to move west-northwestward and intensify into a depression over the southeast Bay of Bengal around November 30. Subsequently, the system is likely to move northwestward, further intensifying into a cyclonic storm over the southwest and adjoining southeast Bay of Bengal within the next 48 hours.

Given the forecast, Odisha’s Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) Satyabrata Sahu has requested the agriculture department to issue advisories to farmers for preventive measures to protect crops from anticipated rainfall. The SRC has also alerted coastal district collectors and instructed the fisheries and animal resource department to ensure fishermen avoid the sea from December 1, with those already at sea returning to the shore on or before that date.

The IMD has warned of squally weather conditions over the Bay of Bengal from December 1, with wind speeds reaching 40-50 kmph. Additionally, sea conditions are expected to be very rough during this period.


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