Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Oct 8:
The Odisha government today urged the people not to panic about the Cyclone Hudhud assuring them that it had taken all possible measures to tackle the calamity.
Presiding over a high-level review meeting at the State Secretariat here, chief minister Naveen Patnaik directed the authorities of all concerned departments to cancel the leave of the employees and implement all preparatory works with immediate effect.
Taking note of panic buying of essential commodities in large quantities by the people in apprehension of the cyclone resulting in artificial scarcity, Patnaik asked the Food and Civil Supplies department to take necessary measures in this regard.
The chief minister informed the officials that he would conduct review meetings at regular intervals.
The meeting discussed the supply of essential commodities, fodder, flood regulatory measures, improved communication network and evacuation of people to safer places.
As per the forecast by the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD), the cyclonic storm is now centred about 1170 km off the Gopalpur coast and is set to cross the coast between Vishakhapatnam and Kalingapattanam on October 12. Under its influence, heavy rains accompanied by strong wind at 100-140 kmph are likely to occur in the coastal districts of Odisha.
In view of this, the state government has asked 16 districts to remain on high alert during the period.
The state government has deployed Odisha Disaster Rapid Action Force (ODRAF) teams in the sensitive areas for rescue and relief operations.
Besides, the meeting also decided to have a meeting with the authorities of the Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) for uninterrupted telecommunication network in the district.
In anticipation of damage of roads during the cyclone, the Works department was asked to take up repair and renovation of roads.
This apart, the Health department was also asked to remain prepared to provide emergency services to the ailing and injured people.
Among others, Revenue and Disaster Management minister Bijayshree Routray, chief secretary GC Pati, development commissioner, additional chief secretaries, Revenue and Finance, and principal secretaries and secretaries of the concerned departments were present at the meeting.