Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Jun 13:
With the onset of southwest monsoon in Odisha coast today, the state government has begun preparations to tackle possible flood and cyclone in the state.
A high-level review meeting presided over by Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) GVV Sharma at the State Secretariat here on Friday decided to conduct mock drill at all 428 flood and cyclone shelters in the state on June 19.
During the mock drill, all equipment inside the shelters would be throughly examined.
It was decided that all departments associated with flood control will inform the SRC through e-mail about the flood situation. The SRC directed all nodal officers to be appointed for flood control measures to submit their detailed address with phone numbers.
Director, Regional Meteorological Centre, Dr Sarat Chandra Sahu said the Centre would inform the state government and the media about the rainfall warning in the catchments areas at regular intervals.
Sahu also said the two doppler radar units at Gopalpur and Paradip would be operationalised in the next two months.
It was revealed in the meeting that the Water Resources department has repaired 44 breached embankments in the major rivers and tributaries in the state.The department has also identified 241 weak points and 14 vulnerable points in these embankments and has stocked necessary equipment for their quick repair.
The SRC asked the Works, Rural Development and Panchayati Raj departments and civic bodies for immediate repair of roads for supply of relief materials in the event of floods.
The Food and Consumer Welfare department asked the district collectors to keep adequate PDS materials in stock in the flood prone areas. Besides, the department has asked district officials to complete the tender for procurement of essential items like chuda (pounded rice), jaggery and candles.
Officials of the Health department informed that it had taken steps to keep adequate number of anti-snake venom injections in stock.
The Fisheries and Animal Resources department has kept adequate fodder in stock while the Urban and Rural development departments have taken specific measures for supply of drinking water to the people during flood.
It was decided that a total of 16 VHF units would be set up set up in the flood-hit areas, including the SRC office in the state capital.
Apart from this, 10 teams of Odisha Disaster Rapid Action Force (ODRAF) and 12 teams of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) are kept in readiness for relief and rescue operations.