Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, June 6:
With the southwest monsoon likely to hit Odisha by mid-June, the state government has begun preparations to prevent damages due to flood.
Presiding over the district nodal officers’ meeting here today, special relief commissioner (SRC) PK Mohapatra asked the district collectors to make necessary arrangements to deal with the flood situation.
“Instructions have been given to all departments to open control rooms in their office. This is mandatory. The control rooms would function till November 30”, the SRC told newsmen after the meeting.
Officials of the Water Resources department informed that out of a total of 400 river embankments that were damaged in last year’s flood, 397 have been repaired while the remaining three will be repaired by June 15.
Giving details of the discussions at the meeting, Mohapatra said besides the ASHA (Accredited Social Health Activist) worker, the Health and Family Welfare Department has decided to appoint two persons as responders on temporary basis in each village who will be provided with first-aid kits to render emergency services to the affected people during flood.
“Besides, the Food and Civil Supplies Department has been asked to finalise its tenders in advance for procurement of chuda (flattened rice) and guda (molasses) and keep them in stock with adequate quantities in each district before the onset of flood. Similar instructions have also been given to Fisheries and Animal Resources department for early procurement of cattle feed”, he added.
The SRC also said the Rural Development department has been asked to keep adequate water pouches in reserve in each district.
Stating that all officers of the concerned departments expressed their readiness to tackle possible flood, Mohapatra said specific instructions have been given to all district collectors to monitor the daily record of their respective control rooms and submit it to the SRC office which in turn will brief the media and the government after making a detailed analysis of these records.
Among others, Special DG Sanjib Marik, senior officials of the State Police and Fire Services, managing director of Odisha State Disaster Mitigation Authority, commandant, National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), director, Indian Meteorological Department (IMD), Bhubaneswar and officials of the concerned departments were present at the meeting.