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State Ready For Cyclone


While the State Government is on Covid fight, it has geared itself to remain fully prepared for the impeding cyclone Amphan next week.

Chief Secretary Asit Tripathy directed the District Administrations, more particularly the Collectors of Gajapati, Ganjam, Puri, Nayagarh, Khordha, Cuttack, Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapada, Jajpur, Bhadrak, Balasore and Mayurbhanj to stay prepared for the worst situation and ensure ‘zero casualty’ principles.

Mr.Tripathy directed to keep watch over the vulnerable population near the coast and low laying areas; and, ready up the cyclone shelters with all necessary equipment like rescue instruments, first-aid,  generator, tower light, power shaw, dry food etc for any possible evacuation.

The Collectors were also advised to identify additional RCC roof buildings for sheltering the evacuees in the view of the need for social distancing. 

The Chief Secretary also asked the officials to follow the principles of “zero causality” of the State Government.

Outlining the present position of the cyclone, Additional Chief Secretary Disaster Management Pradeep Jena said that as per notices of IMD there is a well-marked low pressure area over South East Bay of Bengal in the morning of which is  likely to concentrate into a depression over central parts of south Bay of Bengal on May 15 and further intensify into a Cyclonic Storm over the same region by 16th evening.

It is very likely to move northwestwards initially till May 17 and then re-curve north-northeastwards towards North Bay of Bengal on May 18 &19, ACS Mr.Jena said

“The State Government is in constant touch with IMD for latest updates,” ACS said.

SRC Mr.Jena said the cyclone may cause heavy to very heavy rainfall, squally winds of 40-50 kmph gusting to 60 kmph along and off south Odisha coast and Gale winds 60-70 kmph gusting 80 kmph along and off Odisha coast on May 18 and 19.  

The Police, Fire, NDRF and ODRAF teams have been asked to remain in all readiness for required operations.

The Chief Secretary directed the Home and Police department to pre-position the teams at critical points with necessary equipment while the Government officers were directed to stay at headquarters and not avail any leave.

ACS Disaster Management Mr.Jena said, “Satellite Phones with Collectors, ODRAF and others may be kept in readiness. Coastal districts should keep communication systems under EWDS such as DMR, Siren Towers are also operational”.

Agriculture & Farmers Empowerment department was asked issue the advisories for reaping and transportation of the ripe crops to safe places. The Fisheries and Animal Resource department was asked to ensure that no fisherman moves to the sea.

Mr.Tripathy directed that there should not be any situation for rescuing a fishing boat during the cyclone and the Food Supplies and Consumer Welfare Department was directed to ensure availability of sufficient tarpaulins in procurement mandis in addition to storage of essential commodities and relief materials.

The Water Resource Department was asked to monitor the reservoirs and take steps for depletion, where required.
 
Health & FW Department has been advised to ensure availability of essential medicines in hospitals at different levels; and, to make arrangements for mobile health teams, medical relief centres and sanitation.

DGP  Abhay, ACS Health & Family Welfare  Pradipta Kumar Mohapatra along with Principal Secretaries and Secretaries of various departments participated in the discussions.
 


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