Zero Casualty Target Set

With the very severe cyclone Titli approaching towards Odisha coast, State Chief Secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi has set  Zero Casualty target and asked his officers to remain on high alertness till the situation fizzles out.

Besides rushing the teams of NDRF and ODRAF to vulnerable districts, Mr.Padhi ordered closure of schools, colleges and other educational institutions in five districts as a precautionary measure.

The Severe Cyclonic Storm ‘TITLI’ over west central Bay of Bengal moved northwards with a speed of about 14 kmph during past 06 hours, and lay cantered at 0830 hrs IST of 10 October.

It is placed at West Central Bay of Bengal near latitude 16.5°N and longitude 85.8°E, about 320 km south-southeast of Gopalpur (Odisha) and 270 km southeast of Kalingapatnam (Andhra Pradesh).

It is very likely to intensify further into a Very Severe Cyclonic Storm during next three hours.

It is very likely to move north north west wards and cross Odisha & adjoining north Andhra Pradesh coasts between Gopalpur & Kalingapatnam around morning of 11 October.

It is very likely to increase gradually becoming 140-150 kmph gusting to 165 kmph from today, the 10 October 2018 night onwards along & off south Odisha & adjoining districts of north Andhra Pradesh coasts and 70-80 kmph gusting to 90 kmph along & off North Odisha

Thereafter, it is very likely to re-curve northeastwards, move towards Gangetic West Bengal across Odisha and weaken gradually

Holidays for schools and educational institutions in four districts including Ganjam, Gajpati, Puri, Kendrapara and Jagatsinghpur has been announced from 10 )ct0ber.

He said the District Collectors in other places will take decision on closure of schools and other educational institutions keeping in view the situation.

The Chief Secretary said the district officials have been asked to evacuate people living in low laying areas and also in kutchha houses along the coast.

A cyclone is likely to hit Odisha coast after a gap of four years. Cyclone Hudhud had made land fall near Gopalpur in 2014. It was followed by Phailin in 2013.

In both the cases, the State Government had ensured zero casualty and therefore earned praise from United Nations for its disaster management activities.

The State Government has meanwhile made ‘Zero Casualty a policy of its disaster management plan.

IMD forecast says that the rain will start from Tuesday night and become violent on Wednesday and Thursday. Therefore, the state at the same time has also been making strategy to tackle flood due to extremely heavy rainfall.

Mr.Padhi further stated that the authorities have been asked to make necessary provisions for drinking water in both rural and urban pockets and keep generator sets ready near pumping stations to ensure water supply.

Department of Health & Family Welfare has also kept generator sets ready at Community Health Centers to meet any eventuality.

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