19 May 2020
Bhubaneswar: The approaching super cyclonic storm Amphan’s impact on Odisha will likely be noticeable from Tuesday night onwards and the alert will be active for the next 24 hours. Odisha Special Relief Commissioner Pradeep Kumar Jena shared the update in his presser, today.
He said that there are no signs of abnormal storm surge in coastal districts of the State and the District Collectors have been asked to undertake evacuation and other necessary action. Jena said that currently Amphan lies about 470 km south of Paradip and is moving at an increased speed of 15 kmph for the last six hours.
He added the cyclonic storm is moving as per previous prediction and will likely make landfall between Digha (West Bengal) and Hatiya Islands (Bangladesh) close to Sundarbans during the afternoon/evening of May 20 as a Very Severe Cyclonic Storm with a maximum sustained wind speed of 155-165 kmph gusting to 180 kmph.
Sharing the forecast, Jena said that the coastal districts will be the first to witness the cyclonic effects. Gradually as Cyclone Amphan will move northwards, northern districts of the State will witness visible cyclonic effects.
The SRC said that all government departments are working in close coordination to complete the entire evacuation process by today evening. 15 teams each of ODRAF and NDRF have been deployed in to-be affected areas and an additional ODRAF team will soon be sent to Jagatsinghpur district.
In addition, 217 teams of fire service, 75 teams of forest officials have also been mobilised. 340 gangs have been deployed which consists of about 3500 workers in various sub-departments. Mobile repairing units have also been kept ready in case any repair work will be necessary. Jena also said that 227 Digi sets, 805 vehicles loaded with PVC tanks, 74 water tankers, 2690 overhead tanks filled with water have readied in the districts’ preparedness for the advancing cyclone.
The movement of migrants has been stalled in the view of Cyclone Amphan. Accordingly, Collectors have been asked to house them till the cyclone passes.
SRC added that updates about cyclone will be sent to people in vulnerable districts through SMSes. Reiterating his advice, Jena urged denizens to not venture outside till the cyclone is in its full flow. He asked for the maintenance of social distancing norms even in cyclone shelters and asked everyone to wear masks at all times.