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Coastal Districts On Alert

  

Additional Chief Secretary Disaster Management and Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) Pradeep  Jena said twelve coastal districts--Ganjam, Gajapti, Puri,  Mayurbhanj, Jajpur, Cuttack, Khurda and Nayagarh-- are alerted and Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapara, Bhadrak, Balasore Districts are put on high alert.

Mr.Jena said the State which has been ravaged by a string of cyclones over the last few years, including the cyclone Fani last year, has made arrangements to shift 11 lakh people from vulnerable areas,
 
He said of the 809 cyclone shelters in the 12 coastal districts, 242 are currently being used as temporary medical camps for the returnees from different states amid the COVID-19 lockdown.

"We have 567 cyclone and flood shelters available to house the people in case evacuation is required. In addition, we have arranged 7,092 buildings to keep people if required," Mr.Jena said.


"Odisha Disaster Rapid Action Force (ODRAF), NDRF and fire service personnel have already been sent to the districts. We are also in constant touch with the Indian Coast Guard, IMD and NDRF for any requirement," he said, adding "saving lives is our priority".

In Odisha, 10 teams of NDRF have been deployed in seven districts -- Puri, Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapara, Jajpur, Bhadrak, Balasore and Mayurbhanj.

One team of NDRF consists of around 45 personnel. Odisha has already chalked out the strategy to restore power and water supply, clear roads, start rescue and relief operations immediately after the cyclone peters out.
 
About the large number of migrants returning to Odisha from other states, many of them on foot, Mr.Jena said personnel at border check posts have been asked to take appropriate steps keeping the cyclone situation in mind.
 
Mr.Jena talked to Chairman Paradip Port Rinkesh Roy and Dhamra Port CEO Subrat Tripathy to make arrangements keeping an eye on movement of the cyclone.
 
According to sources all port activities stands stalled with effect from 18 May.
 
According to Ministry of Home Affairs, the cyclone will make a landfall in West Bengal on Wednesday.


 The National Crisis Management Committee (NCMC) met under Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba on Saturday to review the preparedness for minimizing the loss of loss of lives and property at a time when the country is grappling with the coronavirus pandemic.

Mr.Gauba talked to Chief Secretary Asit Tripathy on Sunday in a video meet.
 


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