Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Oct 10:
The Odisha government today stressed the importance of ensuring ‘zero casualty’ in the cyclonic storm Hudhud, which is likely to affect seven districts of south Odisha.
In a review meeting through video conferencing at the state secretariat, the collectors of seven districts – Malkangiri, Koraput, Nabarangpur, Rayagada, Gajapati, Ganjam and Kalahandi – were asked to evacuate the people likely to be affected by the cyclone.
These seven districts are expected receive heavy to very heavy rainfall following the cyclonic storm.
It was decided in the review meeting that about 3 lakh people would be evacuated in these districts to safer places and cyclone centres, said a press release issued by the Chief Minister’s Office (CMO).
Since the tribal dominated districts are not familiar with cyclone, the collectors were asked to sensitize them on the possible impact of the storm and directed to stop plying of boats in rivers and reservoirs in the districts.
The government has also made arrangements for free kitchens at shelter places besides drinking water and lighting arrangement.
Twenty five rescue teams – 15 of NDRF and 10 of ODRAF – have been deployed in these districts to carry out rescue operations.
Berhampur and Rayagada cities will be the supply centres of relief materials and other essential materials to be distributed among the people, said the release.
Meanwhile, mock drill was conducted in all the 323 multi-purpose flood/cyclone shelters in the state with active participation of the community. Various emergency equipment provided to the cyclone shelters including generators, water pumps, inflatable tower lights and mechanized tree cutters, etc. were test-checked in the course of the drill and steps were taken for repair of the defective ones, the release added.