Puri: Ahead of the landfall of Cyclone Jawad, the Puri district administration and police have started evacuating people from vulnerable areas to safer places.
Around 688 people have been evacuated to safety among which 4 pregnant women have been shifted to hospitals in Puri district, said an official.
Evacuation is still continuing in all vulnerable areas of the district.
A Red Flag is placed at Puri sea beach as a precautionary measure to keep people away from the beach in view of Cyclone Jawad.
The tourists have been urged to stay away from beaches. The IMD forecasted that the cyclone may weaken by the time it reaches the Puri coast into a deep depression.
“It’s likely to weaken gradually & move nearly northwards during the next 12 hours and then north-northeastwards along Odisha coast reaching near Puri around Sunday noon as a deep depression. It’s likely to weaken further and move north-northeastwards towards the West Bengal coast,” Said the Met department.