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Cyclone Roanu: Odisha CM asks Collectors to remain on alert

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Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, May 19:

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today held an emergency meeting with the Collectors of as many as 12 coastal districts to take stock of the preparedness in the wake of the severe cyclonic storm Roanu over the westcentral Bay of Bengal.

Naveen Patnaik

In the meeting held via video conferencing at the state secretariat here this evening, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik asked the officials to remain prepared to meet any eventuality.

The meeting was attended by Collectors of Khurda, Cuttack, Jajpur, Nayagarh, Mayurbhanj, Gajapati, Balasore, Bhadrak, Ganjam, Kendrapada, Puri and Jagatsinghpur.

“The head masters or any teacher would be present in the schools to facilitate the institutions to be used to provide shelter to people. Make available food, drinking water, sanitation facility, lighting, first-aid and petrol among other things,” Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik told the officials.

Patnaik also directed the bureaucrats of the coastal districts to make necessary arrangements of drinking water facility.

“In the event of power failure, pump water to the homes with the help of power generators. The concerned departments are directed to supply water through tankers,” Patnaik instructed.

The meeting was attended by Chief Secretary, Development Commissioner, and principal secretaries of concerned departments.

The evening weather bulletin released by the regional MeT office said: The cyclonic storm ‘ROANU’ over the westcentral Bay of Bengal remained practically stationary and lay centred at 1430 hrs IST of today, the 19th May, 2016 near latitude 15.6º N and longitude 81.6 ºE, about 530 km Southwest of Gopalpur. The system is likely to move initially north-northeastwards along and off Andhra Pradesh coast during next 12 hours, thereafter northeastwards. The system is likely to intensify
into a severe cyclonic storm by tonight. Continuing moving northeastwards, the system is likely to cross south Bangladesh coast between Khepupara and Cox’s Bazar on the night of 21st & early morning of 22nd May as a cyclonic storm.