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Cyclone Amphan: Odisha govt.asks Collectors to evacuate people living in thatched, asbestos, tile houses

Bhubnaeswar, May 18 (UNI) The Odisha government today asked the Collectors of Balasore, Bhadrak, Kendrapara and Jagatsinghpur to take immediate steps to evacuate all people living in thatched, asbestos, tile or any other sloped roof houses, huts or in low lying areas.
The government’s direction came as cyclone Amphan has already been intensified into Super cyclone and heading towards north for a landfall on May 20 next.
The Collectors were advised to shift the people of the possible affected areas to the nearest Multipurpose Cyclone/ Flood shelters or other identified safe buildings.
They have been intimated that as far as possible, the evacuation should be completed today and if some people are left over, they may be shifted to the shelter tomorrow unfailingly.
The Collectors were also requested to take immediate steps to remove all hoardings in ULB areas and roadside hoardings put in rural areas by tonight positively.
As per bulletin of India Meteorological Department, the Super Cyclonic Storm ‘AMPHAN’ will move nearly northwards for some more time and then north-northeastwards across northwest Bay of Bengal and cross West Bengal – Bangladesh coasts between Digha (West Bengal) and Hatiya Islands (Bangladesh) close to Sundarbans during the Afternoon/Evening of May 20 as an Extremely Severe Cyclonic Storm with maximum sustained wind speed of 165-175 kmph gusting to 185 kmph.
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today reviewed the preparedness with concerned Departments and Collectors of 12 vulnerable districts.
The District Administration of vulnerable districts have been directed to keep Multipurpose Cyclone and Flood Shelters in readiness and to identify other suitable RCC roofed public buildings for use as safe shelters in case of requirement.
The state government today deputed four Senior IAS Officers to Balasore, Bhadrak, Kendrapara and Jagatsinghpur districts to provide guidance and support to the District Administrations in management of the Cyclone.
Special Relief Commissioner P K Jena said 20 teams of Odisha Disaster Rapid Action Force (ODRAF),19 Teams of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and 335 units of Fire and Disaster Management are in readiness to be pressed into service.
He further said 13 NDRF teams, 15 ODRAF teams and 217 Fire Service teams have been pre- positioned in 6 coastal and 5 nearby districts.
Fire Officers and Deputy Fire Officers are deputed to each of the vulnerable districts for coordination among Fire Service Teams.
AT least 6 NDRF and 5 ODRAF teams are kept in standby to be pressed into service. 10 Fire Service Units with 100 manpower are also kept in standby.
Coastal Odisha is likely to experience light to moderate rainfall at many places from today evening with heavy falls at isolated places over coastal Odisha (Gajapati, Ganjam, Puri, Jagatsinghpur & Kendrapara Districts) on May 18.
Rainfall at most places with heavy to very heavy rainfall at a few places over north coastal Odisha (Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapara, Jajpur, Balasore, Bhadrak & Mayurbhanj Districts) and isolated heavy falls over Khordha & Puri districts on 19th May and isolated heavy rainfall over north Odisha (Bhadrak, Balasore, Mayurbhanj, Jajpur, Kendrapara and Keonjhar) will occur on May 20.
Squally wind speed reaching 45 to 55 kmph gusting to 65 kmph is likely to commence along and off south Odisha coast from today. The wind speed will gradually increase becoming gale wind speed reaching 75 to 85 kmph gusting to 95 kmph from 20th morning along and off north Odisha (Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapara, Bhadrak, Balasore and Mayurbhanj districts).
It will gradually increase thereafter increased to 110 to 120 kmph gusting to 135 kmph along & off in the north Odisha districts.
Sea condition will be Phenomenal over west-central and adjoining central parts of south Bay of Bengal during next 24 hours. It will become Phenomenal over northern parts of central Bay of Bengal and adjoining north Bay of Bengal on 19th May and over north Bay of Bengal on 20th May 2020.
Fishermen are advised not to venture into North Bay of Bengal along and off North Odisha, West Bengal and adjoining Bangladesh coasts during 18th to 20th May 2020.
Arrangements are made for screening all migrant workers in Temporary Medical Centres (TMC) located within 3 km of the coastline and to send the COVID negative cases to home quarantine and positive cases to COVID facilities immediately.
The state government has appointed Nodal Officers for districts and blocks for continuous monitoring of disaster response activities.
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