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IMD Prediction Helps Odisha


Odisha Government thanked Director General(DG)  India Meteorological Department (IMD) Mrutuyanjaya Mohapatra for the accurate predictions on Extremely Severe Cyclone Amphan, which helped the State to handle the situation aptly.

ACS Disaster management and Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) Pradeep Jena said the deadly Cyclone took exactly the path forecast by IMD. I must thank the IMD, particularly its Director General Mrutyunjay Mohapatra, as their accurate predictions enabled us handle the situation ably”.

More than 1.41 lakh people living in low-lying areas and thatched and mud houses in the vulnerable coastal regions were evacuated and shifted to cyclone shelters, Special Relief Commissioner (SRC), P K Jena said.

The evacuees were accommodated in 2,921 shelters where cooked food and other facilities were provided, he said, adding that the cyclone developed and moved as per the IMD forecast.

As the cyclone passed along the Odisha coast, heavy rainfallwas experienced  in several areas of Puri, Khurda, Jagatsinghpur, Cuttack, Kendrapara, Jajpur, Ganjam, Bhadrak and Balasore districts.

Two Deaths were reported in Kendrapara and Bhadrak during the cyclone, while a three-month-old child died in Tihidi area of Bhadrakh, an old lady of 67 years died in her house due to natural causes.

Kendrapada District Collector Samarth Verma said Rs 12,000 was given as immediate relief and detailed inquiry will be conducted.

SRC Mr. Jena said Paradip recorded 214 mm of rainfall till Wednesday morning, while it was 87 mm in Puri, 70.5 mm in Chandbali, 58.5 mm in Balasore and 50 mm in Bhubaneswar.

People living in thatched, mud and 'kutcha' structures and vulnerable low-lying areas in the coastal districts were persuaded to move to cyclone shelters, SRC said.

A detailed assessment of damage caused by the cyclone will be made, there are reports of many trees being uprooted in Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapara, Bhadrak and Balasore districts.

 Many betel vines have also been damaged in Dhinkia area of Jagatsinghpur district, the SRC said.

 Thirty-six teams of NDRF and ODRAF have been deployed in the 12 coastal districts which were put on alert. Ten teams were deployed in Balasore, seven in Bhadrak, six in Kendrapara and five in Jagatsinghpur, he said.

Over 250 teams of fire service and 100 units of Odisha Forest Development Corporation (OFDC) have also been deployed. Roads blocked by uprooted trees are being cleared on a war footing, while power supply, if disrupted, will be restored at the earliest, the SRC, Mr.Jena said. OFDC was in forefront during severe cyclones like Titli and Fani to clear debris on roads and institutions.


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