Odisha Special Relief Commissioner-cum-Additional Chief Secretary Pradeep Jena on Thursday directed all of the District collectors and Municipal Commissioners to make all mandatory association after the India Meteorological Department (IMD) warned of 5 days of heavy rains within the state.
In a letter to all of the District collectors and Municipal Commissioners, Pradeep Jena mentioned: “As predicted by IMD, under the influence of low pressure is likely to be formed over North Bay of Bengal and neighbourhood around June 11, 2021, widespread rainfall activity with isolated heavy to very heavy rainfall and extremely heavy rainfall very likely to occur over a large number of districts of Odisha during 10th to 14th June 2021.”
He mentioned that in such intense and continued rainfall, flash flood/ flood-like conditions might happen in numerous rivers, nullah and water our bodies. In hilly areas, landslides might happen. Waterlogging could also be skilled in numerous components together with city/low-lying areas.
He additional directed the administrations to take precautionary measures to forestall any injury to life and property through the interval.
Suggesting the steps to the authorities Mr Jena mentioned, “The control rooms of all the offices dealing with flood/disaster management must operate round the clock with adequate manpower. It must be under the charge of a responsible officer on a 24×7 basis.”
He additional mentioned that the sector stage functionaries to be in readiness to satisfy any eventuality together with the opportunity of landslides in hilly areas.
District administrations of landslide-prone districts are to take particular precautionary measures to forestall injury and to make association for evacuating folks from weak areas if required.
“All cyclone and flood shelters should be kept in readiness in all respect to evacuate people from in kutcha houses/hut and low-lying areas.”
He additionally mentioned that the flood-fighting supplies could also be stored prepared at strategic locations and speedy motion could also be taken to forestall any breach or to shut the breach, injury of roads if any.
Urban Local Bodies are additionally instructed to make advance preparations for dewatering from the areas more likely to face waterlogging.
Local Fire personnel could also be instructed to be in readiness with boat and different tools for search, rescue and aid operation, as and when required.
“Evacuating people during COVID-19 pandemic poses a great challenge. If evacuation is required, social distancing, use of masks covering mouth and nose may be ensured during evacuation and sheltering people,” he added.
Cooked meals via the free kitchen, secure ingesting water, lighting, well being and sanitation services have to be organized for evacuated folks housed in shelters.
“Necessary arrangement may be made to stock adequate foodstuff like rice, chuda, gud, etc. for the people affected due to possible flood,” he mentioned.
Fishermen could also be suggested to not enterprise into the deep sea from June 11 to June 14. Whoever within the deep-sea space are suggested to return to the coast by June 10 night.
Pradeep Jena mentioned that mandatory steps could also be taken to advise farmers for shielding their standing crops, Steps needs to be taken to offer short-term shelter supplies (polythene sheet) to the households, whose homes will injury in flood/ heavy rain.
“Mobile health and veterinary teams may be organised in advance and kept in readiness for deployment in the affected areas. Adequate feed and fodder should be arranged for the animal population.”