Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Oct 12:
Even as the very severe cyclonic storm Hudhud is all set to make landfall near Visakhapatnam in neighbouring Andhra Pradesh around noon, the Odisha government continued with its efforts to evacuate people in vulnerable districts to safe and secure places.
More than 46,000 people have been evacuated by today morning and evacuation process will be completed by 11 am, said deputy special relief commissioner Pravat Ranjan Mohapatra.
Mohapatra told reporters that people from vulnerable areas in Gajapati, Ganjam, Malkangiri, Kendrapara, Khordha, Koraput and Puri districts have been evacuated while there has been no evacuation in the districts of Kalahandi, Kandhamal and Rayagada districts as the weather situation in these districts did not require any such effort.
The evacuees have been shifted to 514 cyclone shelters and were being provided with cooked food, drinking water etc., the deputy SRC said while adding that those who have or will move in today during the later part of the day will also be provided with cooked food.
He said in Puri district 5,200 persons have been housed in eight cyclone shelters while 2,090 persons in Khordha district have been evacuated and shifted to safer places.
The government is fully geared to meet with any kind of situation arising before and after the landfall of Hudhud and is ready with food, drinking water and even for restoration work after the landfall, Mohapatra said while adding that a maximum of around 2,000 more people are expected to be evacuated and the process will be completed by 11 am.
The deputy SRC said according to information available with his office the southern districts were experiencing wind speeds of 30 to 40 kmph and it was slightly higher by around 10 kmph in Ganjam and Gajapati districts.
Reports said buses have remained off the road in Gajapati, Ganjam, Malkangiri, Koraput and Rayagada districts.
Most places in these districts remained without power since yesterday evening as distcoms switched off power supply to avoid possible accidents due to snapping of live wires.