Konark Festival called off; Cyclone Jawad likely to be hit near Odisha coast on December 5

BHUBANESWAR: The Konark Festival and International Sand Art Festival have been cancelled due to cyclone Jawad, formed over the Bay of Bengal. The Konark Festival is best known for India’s traditional and classical dance forms, besides knowing the rich heritage of the country.

The decision to cancel the event was taken by Odisha Tourism Department. The festival, which began on December 1, was scheduled to continue till December 5.

The cyclonic storm currently lies 420 km south-southeast of Vishakhapatnam, 650 km south-southeast of Paradip, and 530 km south-southeast of Gopalpur.

It is likely to reach the west-central Bay of Bengal off the Andhra Pradesh-Odisha coast by the evening of December 4 and touch the land near Puri in Odisha by Sunday noon (December 5), Director General of India Meteorological Department (IMD), Mrutyunjay Mohapatra informed on Friday.

According to South Eastern Railway, few trains were cancelled as a precautionary measure to cyclone ‘Jawad’.

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