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Bhubaneswar, Jan 15: Cold wave conditions have returned to the state throwing normal lives out of gear in several parts of Odisha. The Regional Meteorological Centre in Bhubaneswar said that night temperature will fall by two to three degrees at many places of the state in the next few days.
“The minimum temperature is very likely to be below normal by 3-4 degree Celsius during next 3-4 days in the interior districts Odisha. It will gradually rise by 2-3 degree Celsius after 4 days,” said the Met Centre in its evening bulletin. The Met Centre has also issued yellow warning for cold wave in Sundargarh and Jharsuguda dis-tricts Friday and Saturday. In view of the cold wave alert
issued by the Met, the Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) issued advi-sory for the municipal commis-sioners and Collectors of all districts in the state. The SRC observed that there is increased likelihood of cold related ailments among people which may aggravate due to pro-longed exposure to cold.
Livestock may also be affected due to pro-longed exposure to cold. People in the districts under Yellow warning and also in other areas where there will be intense cold have been advised to stay in-doors during the night and avoid ex-posure to cold, the SRC stated. Movement during night especially by two-wheelers or in open cars must be avoided, the SRC added. The SRC also advised people to take necessary safety measures while using electrical and gas heat-
ing devices to beat the cold. Collectors have been directed to make arrangements for opening of school buildings, community buildings and other available build-ings for use as shelter during night by homeless and needy people.
“A report indicating the num-ber of such buildings used as night shelters and number of people shel-tered therein be sent to the office of SRC on daily basis till the cold wave situation is over,” read the SRC advisory.
The SRC has also asked the officials to undertake necessary public awareness campaign on do’s and don’ts to protect the people and livestock from cold wave both in rural and urban areas. Similarly, fog- shallow to mod-erate is expected to occur at one or two places in 13 districts including, Balasore, Bhadrak, Jajpur, Kendrapara, Cuttack, Jagatsinghpur, Mayurbhanj, Khordha, Nayagarh, Puri, Kandhamal,
Koraput and Rayagada, predicted the Met Centre. £ On January 17, shallow to mod-erate fog is very likely to occur at one or two places over the districts of Pun, Khordha, Nayagarh, Ganjam, Gajapati, Kandhamal,—E Cuttack, Jagatsinghpur, Rayagada, Koraput and Malkangiri.