Move For Saving Lives

With the Extremely Severe Cyclonic Storm “FANI” over West Central Bay of Bengal moved slowly North-North Westwards with a speed of about 11 KMPH towards Odisha, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has asked officials to shift all 08 Lakh people from the vulnerable zones.

Mr.Patnaik reviewed the preparedness of the State Administration to face Fani, which centered over West Central Bay of Bengal about 550 km South-South West of Puri (Odisha), 300 km South-South East of Vishakhapatnam (Andhra Pradesh).
"Each life is valuable and every one is needed to be protected", said Mr.Patnaik adding "Zero Causlaty" is to be ensured during disaster.

Chief Secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi, APC Gagan Kumar Dhal, SRC Bishnupada Sethi, DGP R P Sharma, DG Fire Services B K Sharma and other senior officers attended the meeting.

As per the Forecast track by IMD, It would cross Odisha Coast near Satapada, Puri district on 3 May afternoon with maximum sustained wind speed of 170-180 kmph gusting to 200 kmph.

After landfall it is likely to move to Khurda, Cuttack, Jajpur, Bhadrak and Balasore districts of Odisha and then enter to West Bengal.

As per the JTWC (US) forecast, the cyclone would cross near Puri (Balukhanda) on 3 May Afternoon.

The wind speed before land fall would be about 170 kmph and pass through Jagatsinghpur, Cuttack (Niali), Jajpur, Bhadrak, Balasore and Mayurbhanj in Odisha before going to West Bengal.

SRC Mr.Sethi briefed about the preparedness and said District Emergency Operation Centers and Control Rooms of other offices have been activated and functioning round the clock.

Two helicopters are requisitioned for air dropping Operations

1 lakh food packets are under preparation for the air dropping

Boat operation ceased at Chilika and traditional fishing boats are banned in the coastal area

All Educational Institutions have been closed from 2 May until further orders

Collectors have been directed to evacuate the tourists by 1 May evening from Puri.

Several Senior IAS officers have been assigned to districts likely to be affected for coordination in relief, rehabilitation and related operations.

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