The governments of Odisha and West Bengal have taken all precautionary measures to deal with the possible situation.
Chief Secretary SC Mahapatra apprised the Central team that as per eye estimate, standing crops on more than 5.78 lakh hectare in around 131 blocks of 12 districts were severely damaged.
After the 1999 disaster, which left over 10,000 people dead, the state had experienced another major calamity in cyclone Phailin.
A strict vigil is being kept on Chikiti, Rangeilunda and Chhatrapur and people residing in low lying areas of these coastal blocks would be shifted to cyclone shelter homes or safer places.
Brewing over the Bay of Bengal, the system is expected to turn into a cyclonic storm and re-curve north-northeastwards after reaching north Andhra Pradesh-south Odisha coast around Saturday morning.
The average monthly paid out expenditure was Rs 1,587 for crop production and Rs 392 for farming of animals in the State from July 2018 to June 2019.
Incessant rain under the influence of low pressure likely to dash their hopes of a bumper harvest
The project, backed by a local non-profit and the West Bengal government, aims to plant around 10,000 mangrove saplings.
The toll, which was 43 till Saturday, rose to 64, as 18 more casualties were reported from the worst-hit Puri district and four more from Khurda district.