Reported by Chinmaya Dehury
Bhubaneswar, Oct 8:
Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik Wednesday said all preparations are in place to meet any eventuality arising out of the possible cyclonic storm hitting the state’s coast.
“I reviewed the possible cyclonic storm situation with all the concerned departments. All preparations have been made to meet the situation. All departments have been asked to prepare contigency plan to meet the situation,“ said the chief minister after reviewing the possible storm here today.
The Meteorological department has informed the state government that a cyclone Hudhud would have a landfall most likely between Kalingapatnam and Vishakhapatnam on October 12 . Under its influence strong winds reaching 100-140 km speed per hour and heavy rains are likely to lash the areas along the south Odisha-Andhra coast.
The chief minister advised people not to panic and assured them that all necessary steps have been taken to deal with the exigencies during and following the storm.
The chief minister took the review meeting with several departments including NDRF, Police, Water Resources, Energy and Special Relief Commissioner.
The review meeting also decided to write Election Commission of India to spare the officers engaged in election duty outside the state and make them available for the disaster preparedness and mitigation exercise.
Since Odisha’s Ganjam district is likely to bear the brunt following the cyclonic storm, the government has decided to send adequate man power and equipments to restore power in the district after the storm hits the Odisha coast.
Meanwhile, the government has kept ready 340 cyclone centres across the state, where relief materials will be stored and evacuated people, if necessary, will be housed.
The government has directed all concerned departments to make all preparations to face the consequent flood in Bansdhara, Nagabali and Rusikulya rivers of the state.
Meanwhile, the police administration, fire department and National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and Odisha Disaster Rapid Action Force (ODRAF) will hold a meeting to work out a plan to carry out the rescue operation, said Odisha DGP Sanjeev Marik.
NDRF NDRF commandant M K Yadav said that the agency would write to Centre to provide more teams, if necessary, within two days. “We are fully prepared for the possible cyclone. There are 12 teams of which one each is already deployed in Balasore and Puri districts,” said NDRF commandant M K Yadav.