All Eyes On TITLI

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik felt satisfied with the preparedness of the State Administration led by Chief Secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi, which is working round the clock as the Severe Cyclone ‘TITLI’ approaches Odisha.

As Chief Minister stressed on ‘Zero Casualty’, he was informed by Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) Bishnupada Sethi that over three lakh people have been evacuated from the Vulnerable Zones.
Mr.Patnaik reached SRC Control Room to review the preparedness, where Chief Secretary A P Padhi, Principal Secretary Water Resources Pradeep Kumar Jena and SRC Bishnupada Sethi briefed in details.
Earlier Chief secretary Mr. Padhi held discussions with Cabinet Secretary Pradeep Kumar Sinha over Video Conference.
Mr. Sinha chaired a meeting of the National Crisis Management Committee (NCMC) at New Delhi today to take stock of preparatory measures in the wake of impending landfall of the cyclonic storm “TITLI” along the coast between Orissa and north Andhra Pradesh by Thursday Morning.
Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) classified ‘TITLI’ as a very severe cyclonic storm with very high wind speeds and it is forecast to hit the coast between Gopalpur and Kalingapatnam in Orissa between 6AM-9AM on October 11, 2018.

The wind speed at the time of landfall is predicted in the range of 145-165 km per hour.

The meeting was attended by the senior officer from the Ministry of Home Affairs, Defence, and National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA). National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), India Meteorological Department (IMD) and Integrated Defence Staff (IDS).

Mr.Padhi informed about measures taken for evacuation of people from the vulnerable areas to safer places, issue of warnings to the fishermen not to venture out into the sea and stocking of adequate food, essential items and fuel supplies, as also preventive measures such as closure of schools and colleges. District and Local officials have been alerted.

NDRF has deployed 14 teams in Orissa, 4 teams in Andhra and 3 teams in West Bengal along with necessary rescue equipments.

Additional teams have been put on standby in the respective areas likely to be affected. In addition, the three states have deployed their own rescue teams along with power boats.

Army, Navy and Coast Guard have also been put on standby so that they can be deployed at short notice as per requirement.

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