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Lakhs of people have been evacuated in Odisha and West Bengal in view of Cyclone Amphan

Bhubaneswar:20/5/20:DG NDRF S N Pradhan has said lakhs of people have been evacuated in Odisha and West Bengal in view of Cyclone Amphan. Updating on the cyclone, Mr Pradhan said, the cyclone is expected to make landfall today afternoon between Digha in West Bengal and Hatia island of Bangladesh. He said, rains and wind have picked up in coastal Odisha. He said, the worry is storm surge predicted by IMD and water could rise to 4 to 6 meters. He assured the people that the authorities are prepared to provide humanitarian assistance and undertake relief activities in the fallout of the cyclone.

Navy is on high for Cyclone Relief Efforts on the East Coast. The Eastern Naval Command(ENC) is in high degree of readiness to render necessary humanitarian assistance. Naval ships at Visakhapatnam are standing-by to proceed to the most affected areas to undertake Humanitarian Aid Distress Relief , evacuation, logistic support including providing medical aid. These ships are embarked with additional divers, doctors, inflatable rubber boats and relief material that include food, clothes, medicines, blankets etc, in sufficient quantities. Additionally, twenty Rescue Teams with Gemini Boats and medical teams are also kept ready for augmenting rescue and relief efforts in Odisha and West Bengal.  Naval aircraft are also standing by at the Naval Air Stations INS Dega at Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh and INS Rajali at Arakkonam, Tamilnadu to undertake reconnaissance, rescue, and casualty evacuation if required.

Eastern Naval Command  is monitoring the developments in the Bay of Bengal closely and Naval Officers-in-Charge (West Bengal) and (Odisha) are in constant communication with respective State Administrations to augment rescue and relief operations as needed.

About Ashok Palit

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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