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Balasore in East Odisha Braces For Cyclone Amphan

Balasore: 18/5/20: As Balasore is among the five Odisha districts that are likely to be affected by the severe cyclonic storm Amphan (pronounced as Um-pun), district Collector K Sudarshan Chakravarthy today called an emergency meeting with the administrative officials to discuss on the preparedness.

After the meeting, the Collector informed that decision on shifting of locals from the low-lying areas and coastal belts to cyclone shelters will  be taken after considering today’s status of the cyclone. For this, 587 school buildings and pucca houses have been identified and kept ready, he added.Last evening, Chakravarthy held a meeting via video conference with districts officials, mainly from Agriculture and Health  Departments.  Besides preparedness, he discussed on the tentative damage control strategies post the cyclone.

While residents from low-lying areas and thatched houses will be shifted to various cyclone centres, the district administration has decided to shift all pregnant women from these areas to hospitals to ensure that they receive proper medical attention in the tough time.

This apart, after receiving two National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) teams yesterday, the administration has divided them into sub-teams and deployed them at different parts of the district. An Odisha Disaster Rapid Action Force  (ODRAF) team is also ready for backup. Also,  15 firefighting teams, who reached Balasore from Sambalpur and Berhampur, have been stationed at various places in Balasore and Bhadrak.

As per the Collector’s statement, over 2. 90 lakh residents from 136 Gram Panchayats (GPs) under five blocks in Balasore district have been kept under close watch ahead of the approaching natural disaster.

Worth mentioning, five districts including Balasore, Bhadrak, Kendrapada, Mayurbhanj and Jagatsinghpur are likely to be affected by the impending cyclone.

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Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.

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