Cyclone Hamoon threatens to dampen Durga Puja celebrations in Odisha: What you need to know

Bhubaneswar: The spirit of Durga Puja in Odisha is under threat as a cyclone named Hamoon is brewing over the Bay of Bengal. With the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) issuing warnings of heavy rainfall and adverse weather conditions, it’s essential to stay informed about the situation and its potential impact on the festivities.

Cyclone Update:

The deep depression over the Westcentral Bay of Bengal has been making its presence felt, moving north-northeastwards with a speed of 13 kmph during the past 6 hours. As of today, the 23rd of October, it is centered near latitude 17.4°N and longitude 87.0°E, approximately 320 km south-southeast of Paradip (Odisha), 470 km south-southwest of Digha (West Bengal), and 610 km south-southwest of Khepupara (Bangladesh). The latest forecast indicates that it is likely to intensify into a Cyclonic Storm within the next 3 hours, posing a potential threat to the region.

Impact on Durga Puja Celebrations:

Odisha is renowned for its grand pandals and pompous Durga Puja celebrations. However, the looming cyclone Hamoon has raised concerns about the festivities. According to the latest IMD forecast, the coastal districts in Odisha and West Bengal are likely to receive moderate showers on Tuesday and Wednesday, coinciding with the Durga Puja celebrations. These wet conditions can put a damper on the vibrant and lively atmosphere that usually characterizes the festival.

In addition to Odisha and West Bengal, the north-eastern states of India are also expected to experience heavy rainfall in the next two days. This widespread impact emphasizes the need for residents and organizers to be prepared for the possibility of disruptions in Durga Puja activities.

Warnings for Fishermen:

The IMD has not only been tracking the cyclone’s development but has also issued a critical warning to fishermen along and off the coasts of Odisha and West Bengal. Fishermen have been advised not to venture into the sea until at least October 25 due to the anticipated strong winds and ‘rough to very rough’ sea conditions. Safety is a top priority, and these warnings should be taken seriously to avoid any mishaps during this challenging time.

As we are celebrating Durga Puja, it is crucial for residents, organizers, and revelers to stay updated with the latest information from the IMD and local authorities to ensure their safety and well-being during the festivities. While the cyclone may dampen the spirits, the resilience and unity of the people of Odisha will undoubtedly shine through, making Durga Puja 2023 a memorable event, regardless of the challenges it may present.