Bhubaneswar:26/5/21: Despite being hit by Cyclone Yaas, the Odisha government has ensured the uninterrupted supply of liquid medical oxygen (LMO) which is required by several states where the cases of Covid-19 are still high. State government officials said that the uninterrupted supply of LMO was due to proper planning by the government.
Y K Jethwa, ADG Law and Order of Odisha police said, “Advanced planning was done and standard operating procedure was prepared for ensuring unhindered Oxygen movement while ensuring the safety of oxygen production centres, tankers, drivers and other staff.” Jethwa said that each tanker was moved under close supervision and escort of Odisha Police.
Another senior official of the Odisha government said that even amidst cyclone Yaas, the transportation of LMO continued. He said that four Oxygen tankers are on their way from Angul to Hyderabad and Visakhapatnam, while two LMO tankers are going from Jajpur to Berhampur and Bhubaneswar under close supervision and escort of the Odisha Police.
Earlier in the day, the IMD said that the landfall process of “very severe” cyclonic storm Yaas in the Bay of Bengal has been completed and it has weakened into a “severe cyclonic” storm.
Odisha has supplied LMO to Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Haryana, Tamil Nadu, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, Delhi, Karnataka, Kerala, Punjab, Bihar, Rajasthan and Chandigarh.
Even the railways said that in a scale-up of operations which continued till late on Tuesday night, 12 Oxygen Expresses with 969 MT of LMO started their journeys from cyclone-hit Odisha. They include three trains for Tamil Nadu, four trains for Andhra Pradesh and one each for Delhi region, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Assam and Kerala.