Baitarani Above Danger Level: SRC Puts 4 District Collectors On Alert, Holidays Of Govt Employees Cancelled

08 September 2018


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Bhubaneswar: Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) Bishnupada Sethi on Friday night asked the Collectors of Keonjhar, Jajpur, Bhadrak and Kendrapada to alert field functionaries and the administrative machinery as flood situation was likely in river Baitarani due to heavy rainfall in upper catchment area.

As per recent information, the river continues to flow at 18.47 meters at Akhuapada against the danger mark of 17.83 meters.

Keeping this in view, the SRC has asked the Collectors to stay prepared to meet any eventuality and depute mobile teams for close watch on vulnerable rivers & canal embankments.

He also asked them to make necessary arrangement to plug the leakages, check and ensure readiness of power boats, identify villages likely to be inundated, and arrange evacuation of the vulnerable population immediately to proper shelters with cooked food, safe drinking water & health facility.

He also directed them to ensure functioning of control room round the clock. Satellite phones should be test operated and kept in readiness. In addition to that, Sethi has also asked the Collectors to cancel the holidays on 8th and 9th September (2nd Saturday and Sunday) for the employees of the affected blocks/ districts as per requirement.

As information from the SRC office today, ODRAF, Fire Services and NDRF have been kept in readiness for eventual deployment. While one unit ODRAF and 1 team of NDRF are kept in readiness for Jajpur district, one ODRAF unit for Bhadrak district and one unit NDRF for Kendrapada district. Besides, Fire Services teams are in readiness in the four districts of Keonjhar, Jajpur, Bhadrak and Kendrapada. Also 6 power boats each in Jajpur and Bhadrak districts are in readiness.

The SRC also informed that flood/cyclone shelters are kept in readiness with lighting and sanitation arrangements. Cooked food and safe drinking water, health arrangements have been ensured by Collectors in the flood/cyclone shelters. The Collectors have been instructed to keep satellite phones in readiness. Director AH & VS has been instructed to supply 100 MT cattle feed to Jajpur and 100 MT to Bhadrak districts.

On the action taken by the district administrations, the SRC informed that in Jajpur district’s Binjharpur block 3040 persons have been evacuated. So far free kitchen facility is concerned, 26 have been opened in Binjharpur block, 9 in Dasarathpur block and 2 free kitchens in Jajpur Municipality.

The SRC office also informed that in Bhadrak district 10 Gram Panchayats (GPs) of Bhandaripokhari block have been affected. Free kitchen has been opened in Rampur and Sarana village of Malda GP of Bhandaripokhari block. 5000 water pouches have also been supplied to these two villages.

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Prabhat Ranjan Mohapatra, Deputy Relief Commissioner, Odisha