Bhubaneswar:15/5/20: Odisha Government has warmed up the administrative set up for the impending cyclone, Amphan. For the purpose, a high-level meeting was held under the Chairmanship of Chief Secretary Asit Tripathy in Lok Seva Bhawan today wherein Additional Chief Secretary & SRC Pradeep Kumar Jena outlined the issues and presented the updates for discussion.
Looking into the latest forecast of IMD, Chief Secretary Asit Tripathy directed the district administration, more particularly the Collectors of Gajapati, Ganjam, Puri, Nayagarh, Khordha, Cuttack, Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapada, Jajpur, Bhadrak, Balasore and Mayurbhanj to stay prepared for the worst situation.
Outlining the present position of the cyclone, ACS Pradeep Jena said, “As per notices of IMD, there is a well-marked low-pressure area over South East Bay of Bengal in the morning of which is likely to concentrate into a depression over central parts of south Bay of Bengal on 15th May and further intensify into a Cyclonic Storm over the same region by 16th evening. lt is very likely to move northwestwards initially till 17th May and then re-curve north-northeastwards towards North Bay of Bengal on 18th & 19th May. Government is in constant touch with IMD for latest updates”.
He said, “the cyclone may cause heavy 10 very heavy rainfall, squally winds of 40-50 kmph gusting to 60 kmph along and off south Odisha coast and Gale winds 60-70 kmph gusting 80 kmph along and off Odisha coast on 18th and 19th May 2020”.
The Police, Fire, NDRF, and ODRAF teams were asked to remain in all readiness for required operations. Chief Secretary Asit Tripathy directed the Home and Police department to pre-position the teams at critical points with the necessary equipment. Government officers were directed to stay at headquarters and not avail leave.
Additional Chief Secretary Jena said, “Satellite Phones with Collectors, OORAE and others may be kept in readiness. Coastal districts should keep communication systems under EWDS such as DMR, Siren Towers are also operational”.
Agriculture & Farmers Empowerment department was asked to issue advice for reaping and transportation of the ripe crops to safe places. The Fisheries and Animal Resource department was asked to ensure that no fisherman moves to the sea. The Chief Secretary directed that there should not be any situation for rescuing a fishing boat during the cyclone. Food Supplies and Consumer Welfare Department was directed to ensure the availability of sufficient tarpaulins in procurement mandis in addition to the storage of essential commodities and relief materials. Water Resource Department was asked to monitor the reservoirs and take steps for depletion, where required.
Health & Family Welfare Department was advised to ensure the availability of essential medicines in hospitals at different levels; and to make arrangements for mobile health teams, medical relief centres, and sanitation. The concerned departments including Fisheries & Animal Resource, Women & Child Development, and Agriculture & Farmers Empowerment department were asked to ensure all arrangements as per the SOP for cyclones. Housing & Urban Development department was advised to take the necessary steps to avoid urban flooding.
Odisha Director General of Police (DGP) Abhay, Additional Chief Secretary Health & Family Welfare Pradeepta Kumar Mohapatra along with Principal Secretaries and Secretaries of various departments participated in the discussions.