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Know Odisha’s Action Plan For Cyclone Fani, People To Be Evacuated On May 2


30 April 2019

Debashish Maharana


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Bhubaneswar: After a meeting on disaster-preparedness chaired by Chief Secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi, Odisha Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) Bishnupada Sethi said that the Government and the district administrations will begin evacuating people from May 2 onwards in view of the approaching Cyclone Fani.

“It is currently headed northwest and after May 1, it will recurve and move towards Odisha. By late evening on May 3rd, it is expected to make a landfall near Puri. This too is expected to change as it is a rare type of peculiar cyclone and everyone is trying to map its right course,” he said.

He also stated that the landfall was first being predicted at Chandrabhaga, then it became Satapada. “So, nothing can be said definitively,” he added.

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik also tweeted, “Reviewed SRC’s preparedness as cyclone Fani has turned course to pass through coast of Odisha. Also discussed with senior officials on the preparedness of the field officials. Administration is fully geared up to handle the situation.”

As of 8:30 AM today, FANI intensified into 'very severe cyclonic storm' and lay centered over Bay of Bengal, about 830 km nearly south of Puri (Odisha).

"It is very likely to further intensify into an Extremely Severe Cyclonic Storm during next 12 hours. It is very likely to move northwestwards till May 1 evening and thereafter recurve north-northeastwards towards Odisha coast and reach the coast by 3rd May afternoon with maximum sustained wind of speed 170-180 gusting to 200 kmph," IMD stated.

The following steps have been taken:

Collectors of Gajapati, Ganjam, Puri, Kendrapara, Bhadrak, Khurda, Jajpur, Mayurbhanj and Balasore have been alerted.

Block and Tehsil level officers are conducting time-to-time meetings with the Collectors.

879 cyclone shelters are all stocked up and ready

On May 2nd, evacuation will begin. All food and shelter arrangements for the people have been done.

20 Odisha Disaster Repeat Action Force units, 335 fire services and 12 NDRF units are kept ready

Rs 340 crore advance funds has been released by Centre. Chief Secretary of Odisha and Cabinet Secretary are in touch.

After the damage, relief, rehabilitation and restoration work will be done in full force.

 

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Bishnupada Sethi, SRC, Odisha