Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Cuttack, Oct 24:
The Odisha government today cancelled the leave of employees posted in 11 districts which could possibly be affected if cyclonic storm Kyant hits the state.
An emergency meeting was convened at the Fire Services headquarters here to deal with any exigencies in the event of cyclonic storm. The meeting was presided over by Director General of Fire Services Binay Behera.
Behera asked the officials to remain on toes to deal with the situation for which a round-the-clock control room (0671-2303101) here has been operationalised from today.
According to sources, the 11 to-be affected districts have been divided into five zones. Cuttack, Kendrapara, Jagatsinghpur and Jajpur have been put in Zone 1; Balasore, Bhadrak and Mayurbhanj in Zone 2; Khurda in Zone 3; Puri, Nayagarh in Zone 4 and Gajapati in Zone 5. For each zone, a Deputy Fire Officer (DFO) has been appointed for rescue and restoration work.
The top officials have directed to stock emergency items at the cyclone shelter homes in all the concerned districts. Besides, they have been asked to keep adequate stock of petrol and diesel which might be required for fire engines, power cutters and emergency lights.
Earlier in the day, Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) Pradipta Mohapatra advised farmers of the state to keep the harvested crops covered in their yards. In addition to this, Collectors of coastal districts, ODRAF and Fire service units have been asked to be on alert, Mohapatra said.
The deep depression over east central Bay of Bengal is very likely to intensify into a cyclonic storm during next 24 hours. It will move northwards for some time and then recurve initially north-northwestwards and then northwestwards. It is very likely to reach northwest Bay of Bengal in the morning of 27th of October. Squally winds speed reaching 45-55 kmph gusting to 65 kmph is very likely to commence along and off Odisha coast from October 27, a bulletin of the IMD said.