Odisha: Schools closed in 19 districts in view of Cyclone Jawad

Bhubaneswar: In view of the upcoming Cyclone ‘Jawad,’ Odisha government today announced the closure of schools on December 4 (Saturday).

The 19 districts where the schools will remain closed tomorrow (December 4) are- Ganjam, Gajapati, Puri, Nayagarh, Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapara, Koraput, Rayagada, Cuttack, Khurda, Kandhamal, Keonjhar, Angul, Dhenkanal, Balasore, Bhadrak, Jajpur, Malkangiri and Mayurbhanj.

Additional Secretary Pratap Kumar Mishra has written letters to the District Education Officer (DEOs) of the above districts regarding the closure of the schools.

According to the Meteorological Department, the Cyclonic Storm ‘JAWAD’ over the west-central Bay of Bengal continued to move north-northwestwards with a speed of 20 kmph during the past 6 hours and lay centered at 1730 hrs IST of today, the 3rd December 2021, over west-central Bay of Bengal near Lat. 15.5N and Long. 85.0°E, about 300 km south-southeast of Vishakhapatnam (Andhra Pradesh), 420 km nearly south of Gopalpur (Odisha), 480 km south-southwest of Puri (Odisha) and 560 km south-southwest of Paradip (Odisha).

It is likely to move north-northwestwards, intensify further and reach west-central Bay of Bengal off north Andhra Pradesh – south Odisha coasts by tomorrow, the 4th December morning. Thereafter it is likely to recurve north-northeastwards and move along Odisha coast reaching near Puri around 5th December noon. Subsequently, it is likely to continue to move north-northeastwards along coastal Odisha towards West Bengal coast.

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