National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) has announced its readiness to help Odisha government deal with evacuation and relief operations in the event of severe cyclonic storm Phailin hitting Odisha.
Vice Chairman of NDMA M. Shashidhar Reddy said, “At least 28 teams of National Disaster Response Forces are at the disposal of the Odisha government for evacuation and relief operations”.
Briefing newsmen at a press conference on Thursday at the IMD office in New Delhi Reddy said each team of NDRF has 35-45 personnel. In addition the ministry of health and family welfare has been asked to stand by with medical teams for any situation that may arise after the floods, he added.
Special Relief Commissioner P K Mohapatra on Thursday confirmed that Defence ministry would keep some helicopters ready at Barrackpore in neighbouring West Bengal and these would be ready to fly out by Sunday morning.
He said Odisha did not have a place to station the helicopters and therefore these would be flying in from Barrackpore.
Mohapatra said that food packets for about 1 lakh people would be ready before the cyclone’s landfall.