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FANI Update: Odisha Chief Secretary Briefs Cabinet Secretary On Preparedness

30 April 2019

Mohammed Ishtiyaque

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Bhubaneswar: With two more days remaining before extremely severe cyclonic storm FANI hits Odisha coast, Chief Secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi briefed the Centre about preparedness of the State Government to brace the impact.

Padhi spoke to Cabinet Secretary PK Sinha over phone and the duo held a joint review of the situation.

Speaking to mediapersons after the meeting with Cabinet Secretary, Padhi said that as per the latest assessment, the impact of FANI will be maximum on Odisha. IMD has predicted that the cyclone will first hit Odisha at Puri after which it will move northwards towards Khurda, Jagatsinghpur, Cuttack, Kendrapada, Jajpur, Bhadrak, Balasore and Mayurbhanj.

"We have requeted the Cabinet Secretary for deploying to helicopters at our disposal in Odisha for air dropping of relief materials. Besides, additional NDRF teams have also been sought from the Centre. The Cabinet Secretary has responded positively," said Padhi.

"The Chief Secretary also held a meeting with Collectors of the vulnerable districts over video conferencing. From May 2 rainfall will start at most of the places, so out primary task would be evacuation which will commence from Thursday morning," he added.

All the low-lying coastal areas will be mapped on war footing and the inhabitants will be shifted to cyclone shelters and schools. The State Government targets to complete evacuation by May 2nd evening. Free kitchens will be started simulataneously.

"To ensure that electricity and drinking water supply are consistent, generators have been kept on standby. The restoration work will be taken up by Fire Department, ODRAF and OFDC. The ODRAF teams are being pre-positioned in vulnerable blocks," added Padhi.

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Aditya Prasad Padhi, Chief Secretary, Odisha