Cold wave conditions continue in Odisha

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(Eds: Adding SRC letter) Bhubaneswar, Jan 31 (PTI) Cold wave will continue in 11 districts of Odisha, the weather office said on Sunday, sending out an alert to prepare for any eventuality.

Cold wave condition is very likely to prevail at certain places in the districts of Sundargarh, Jharsuguda, Keonjhar, Mayurbhanj, Deogarh, Bargarh, Sambalpur, Bolangir, Sonepur, Boudh and Angul during the next 24 hours, it said.

It also warned the government of the possible impacts of the cold wave situation and suggested some actions to be taken to protect people and their properties.

People should stay indoors and refrain from going out during the night and early morning to avoid prolonged exposure to the cold, it said.

Livestock should be kept under shed or indoors, it added.

Dry weather prevailed across the state and shallow to moderate fog was reported from some places in Cuttack, Mayurbhanj, Kalahandi, Malkangiri, Kandhamal and Ganjam, the weather office said.

'The minimum temperatures observed marked fall at a few places in the districts of interior Odisha,' it said.

The highest maximum temperature of 33.5 degrees Celsius was recorded at Malkangiri and the lowest minimum temperature of 7.8 degrees Celsius was recorded at Jharsuguda, it said.

In a letter to all the district collectors and the commissioners of municipal corporations, the Special Relief Commissioner said that there is a likelihood of cold-related illness among the people which may get aggravated due to prolonged exposure.

Movement during the night, especially in two-wheelers or in open cars, must be avoided and necessary safety measures should be taken while using electrical and gas-heating devices or fire, the SRC suggested.

The district collectors are required to ensure that school buildings, community buildings and other available buildings are opened for use as shelter during the night for the homeless and needy people, the official said.

Necessary public awareness campaigns could be organised on the dos and don'ts to protect the people and livestock from the cold wave, the SRC directed. PTI AAM SBN SOM SOM