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Monsoon Sets On Odisha

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Bhubaneswar: The Southwest Monsoon on  Thursday set in over Odisha and is likely to advance into the remaining parts of the state in the next two days, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.

The IMD said monsoon has covered Malkangiri, Koraput, Nawarangpur, Kalahandi, Nuapada, Gajapati, Ganjam and parts of Bargarh, Bolangir, Sonepur, Boudh, Kandhamal, Nayagarh, Khordha and Puri districts.

“Southwest Monsoon further advanced into Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and south Odisha,” the IMD tweeted.

The Bhubaneswar Meteorological Centre said conditions were favourable for further advance of southwest monsoon into remaining parts of Odisha during the next 48 hours.

Meanwhile, the Housing and Urban Development Department has issued a set of checklists to all Collectors to ensure that their respective districts are not affected due to urban flooding.

The Collectors have been asked to personally supervise the activity to check urban flooding and ensure minimal inconvenience to people.

HUDD Secretary G Mathivathnan said, while an SoP has already been issued in this regard, a checklist highlighting 19 items is circulated today. It will be handy for timely actions.

“The Collectors will need to review the preparedness of the Urban Local Bodies, verify and share the completion status of these 19 items.”

The checklist includes unified command & control room/ dedicated team; identification of flood spots & dedicated team for management; drainage/potholes management and water logging management.

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