Balasore: As a deep depression is expected to cross the shore of Balasore in Odisha on Saturday, the county government has decided to close the tourist spots to visitors.
According to official sources, Dattatreya Bhaosaheb Sindhe, the district collector of Balasore, has instructed the relevant officials not to let visitors into tourist spots on Friday and Saturday. The tourist spots that have been closed to the people are Chandipur, Talasari, Kasafala, Dagara and Panchlingeswar in the district. Tourists were also advised not to stay overnight in these places.
The India Meteorological Department (IMD) said the depression over the northwest and adjacent northeast Bay of Bengal has intensified into a deep depression and is active over the northwest Bay of Bengal, about 200 km east-southeast of Balasore, 140 km east-southeast of Digha (West Bengal).
The system is expected to cross the coasts of West Bengal and Odisha between Balasore and Sagar islands by evening. After landfall, it would continue to move west-northwest across North Odisha, West Bengal and Jharkhand towards North Chhattisgarh and gradually weaken, it added.