19 May 2020
Bhubaneswar: As per the bulletin of India Meteorological Department (IMD) released at 5.30 PM today, the Super Cyclonic Storm ‘AMPHAN’ over Westcentral Bay of Bengal lay centred as an Extremely Severe Cyclonic Storm about 360 km nearly south of Paradip (Odisha).
It is very likely to move north-northeastwards across Northwest Bay of Bengal and cross West Bengal – Bangladesh coasts between Digha (West Bengal) and Hatiya Islands (Bangladesh) close to Sundarbans during afternoon to evening hours of 20th May 2020 with maximum sustained wind speed of 155-165 kmph gusting to 185 kmph.
Here is an overview of Odisha Government’s preparedness for relief, rescue and restoration:
Concerned Departments of the Government and Collectors of 12 coastal and adjoining districts (Gajapati, Ganjam, Nayagarh, Puri, Khordha, Cuttack, Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapada, Jajpur, Bhadrak, Balasore and Mayurbhanj) have been alerted and advised to undertake required preparedness measures to effectively handle the disaster.
The District Administration of vulnerable districts have been directed to keep Multipurpose Cyclone and Flood Shelters in readiness and to identify other suitable RCC roofed public buildings for use as safe shelters in case of requirement.
634 MCS/MFS, excluding the Multipurpose Cyclone and Flood Shelters currently being used as TMC for COVID-19, and 7092 other permanent buildings with the cumulative capacity to accommodate more than 12 lakh people, maintaining social distancing norms, are kept ready in 12 districts.
It has also been directed to arrange for Food, Drinking Water, Lighting, Sanitation and Health facility at each shelter and keep the Tower Light, and Chain Saw and other emergency equipment available in MCS/ MFS in readiness to meet any eventuality.
486 DG sets, 1513 inflatable tower lights and 1497 chain saws are kept in readiness at the shelter level.
Arrangements are being made to divert the Inflatable tower lights available in Puri, Cuttack and Ganjam districts to Balasore, Bhadrak, Kendrapada and Jagatsinghpur districts.
Collectors of Balasore, Bhadrak, Kendrapada and Jagatsinghpur have been instructed to take immediate steps to evacuate all people living in thatched, asbestos, tile or any other sloped roof houses, huts or in low lying areas in the possible affected areas to the nearest Multipurpose Cyclone/ Flood shelters or other identified safe buildings. It has been intimated to complete the evacuation process by 19.05.2020.
Collectors of Balasore, Bhadrak, Kendrapada and Jagatsinghpur have been requested to take immediate steps to remove all hoardings in ULB areas and roadside hoardings put in rural areas.
4 Senior IAS Officers have been deputed to Balasore, Bhadrak, Kendrapara and Jagatsinghpur districts to provide guidance and support to the District Administrations in management of the Cyclone.
Besides, 4 Senior IPS Officers have also been deputed to above mentioned 4 districts to provide guidance and support to the District Superintendent of Police for management of the cyclone.
By 3.00 PM today about 35,000 people have been evacuated to the safe shelters. Further Information on evacuation is being collected.
Deployment of Disaster response forces:
16 NDRF teams, 15 ODRAF teams and 217 Fire Service team have been pre-positioned in 6 coastal and 5 nearby districts.
75 teams of OFDC have also been deployed in 5 districts.
Fire Officers and Deputy Fire Officers are deputed to each of the vulnerable districts for coordination among Fire Service Teams.
Balance 3 NDRF, 5 ODRAF teams, 17 teams of Fire Service and 10 OFDC teams are kept in standby to be pressed into service.
Additional 02 teams of NDRF from 10th Battalion Vijayawada have been mobilised.