With a very severe cyclonic storm,Lehar,moving towards the Andhra Pradesh coast,the Orissa government Tuesday sent the Disaster Rapid Action Force to its 10 districts where flash floods are expected because of the cyclone.
There is no possibility of cyclone Lehar affecting the state,but it may trigger heavy rain in southern districts, Development Commissioner Injeti Srinivas said,adding the state government was particularly worried about Ganjam district,which is yet to recover from cyclone Phailin that struck on October 12. Officials said the power restoration work is likely to be affected as newly-installed poles may cave in due to heavy rain. Districts that could experience heavy rainfall include Ganjam,Gajapati,Koraput,Malkangiri,Rayagada,Nabarangpur,Balangir,Sonepur,Puri and Khurda.
Weather officials said Lehar had moved westwards with a speed of 15 kmph during the past six hours,and was centered about 900 km southeast of Gopalpur. The system would intensify further and cross Andhra Pradesh coast between Machilipatnam and Kalingapatnam near Kakinada around Thursday noon, they said.