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Odisha officials to prepare contingency plans to tackle drought, flood in 7 days


Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, June 25:

Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik today asked all concerned departments to prepare a contingency plan in a week to deal with the possible drought and flood situation in the state.

“In spite of deficient rainfall in Odisha as predicted by the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD), floods cannot be totally ruled out and we have to remain in full preparedness to face any situation”, Patnaik said while addressing the state level committee on natural calamities here.

“The state government is taking all possible steps to combat any natural calamity during the monsoon. I have asked all concerned departments to stay prepared for any contingency and take necessary steps in this regard”, he told reporters after the meeting.

The chief minister asked the Water Resources department to take immediate steps to close breaches in all river embankments, requisition required number of boats for relief and rescue operations and keep 10 Odisha Disaster Rapid Action Force (ODRAF) units in readiness.

He also stressed on the standard flood preparedness such as adequate stocking of food materials and essential commodities in the vulnerable and inaccessible areas, provision for supply of cattle feed, arrangements for supply of drinking water, health and hygiene, immediate restoration of public utilities and essential services.

Patnaik also asked the Forest and Environment department to take up massive plantation besides taking care of existing plantations.