Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Koraput, Oct 11:
With the prediction of the India Meteorological Department (IMD) that the cyclonic storm Hudhud would badly affect the Koraput district in Odisha, the district administration said it has taken all possible measures to tackle the natural calamity.
Briefing newsmen at the district headquarters this morning, Koraput collector Yamini Sarangi said the district administration has provided two telephone numbers (06852-251381/252767) at the district emergency office to provide 24-hour service to the people.
People in any part of the district can inform the district officials about any cyclone or flood related damages and seek assistance through these numbers, she said, adding, all block development officers (BDOs) and tehsildars have been asked to remain on high alert.
Giving details about the measures the district administration has taken so far,the collector said considering that four blocks of the district—Pottangi, Nandapur, Lamtaput and Boipariguda— would be badly affected by the cyclonic storm, the officials in these blocks have been asked to keep adequate stock of rice and make provisions for an additional stock of five quintals of rice and dal for preparation and distribution of cooked food to the people in the affected panchayats of these blocks.
Referring to the evacuation of people from the vulnerable areas, the collector said by noon 500 people from Narayanpatna area have been evacuated and shifted to cyclone shelter centres while more people of the areas would be evacuated by the evening.
Stating that the district administration has alerted the people through microphones and radio and requested them move to safer places in view of the intensity of the cyclonic storm, Sarangi said the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), Odisha Disaster Rapid Action Force (ODRAF) and fire brigade teams have reached the vulnerable blocks.
“The district administration has appointed a nodal officer in each block to monitor the situation while ferrying services in all rivers in the district have been suspended”, she said, adding, the NGOs working in the districts would be roped in for rescue and relief works.
Ms Sarangi also informed that while the district administration has 1060 rolls of polythene sheets in stock, it has requested the Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) for supply of 1500 more rolls.