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27 March 2019

Debashish Maharana

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Bhubaneswar: Amid the prevailing heat wave conditions across Odisha, a preparedness meeting under chairmanship of Chief Secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi was held in the State Capital today. Briefing mediapersons after the meeting, Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) Bishnupada Sethi informed about the measures to be taken by various departments to counter the heat wave situation.

Sethi said, the Odisha State Disaster Management Authority (OSDMA) has collaborated with the Regional Integrated Multi-Hazard Early Warning System (RIMES) for Asia Pacific and African Region and has developed an application, Satark, to send heat wave alerts to focal points identified in districts and blocks.

The alerts will be based on the data provided by the India Meteorological Department, said Sethi adding it will also be widely disemminated through television, radio and other mediums.

Discussions were also held on measures to treat heat stroke patients at all hospitals and to provide uninterrupted electricity supply across the State. Health department has been asked to supply ORS packets and create awareness among people.

Sethi also informed that from April 2015, heat stroke deaths has been classified as a state specific disaster and Rs 50,000 ex-gratia is being provided for each death caused by sun stroke.

If a sun stroke victim dies while undergoing treatment in a hospital, his family will be provided the said compensation out of the State Disaster Relief Fund (SDRF) after conduct of post-mortem. But in case of death outside the hospital, post-mortem plus an enquiry by a doctor and administrative officials will be conducted before release of the amount.

While the working hours of outdoor labourers has been restricted between 11 am and 3.30 pm till June 15, all passenger buses have been advised to discuss with respective RTOs and Transport department to regulate their timings during peaks hours.

Meanwhile, mercury is soaring above 35 degree Celsius in 17 places across Odisha. While temperature in Malkangiri is at the highest at 40.5 degree Celsius, the lowest temperature of 31.7 degree Celsius has been recorded at Paradip. Temperature recorded in the twin cities of Cuttack and Bhubaneswar is 38.0 and 37.8 degree Celsius respectively.

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Bishnupada Sethi, Special Relief Commissioner, Odisha