Odhisa CM Patnaik reviews cyclone preparedness amid IMD forecast


Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Tuesday chaired a high-level meeting to review the state’s preparedness to deal with a cyclone and asked officials to be prepared for any eventuality.
The meeting comes after the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said in its forecast that a cyclonic circulation is likely to develop over the southeast Bay of Bengal around May 6, and under its influence, a low-pressure area may form over the same region during the subsequent 48 hours.
He advised officials to shift people who live in low-lying areas to cyclone shelters, if necessary, and formulate plans for relief and restoration works in the aftermath of a cyclone. Patnaik asked Chief Secretary PK Jena to review the situation regularly and Special Relief Commissioner Satyabrata Sahu to work in coordination with all departments and districts.
An official of the Regional Meteorological Centre in Bhubaneswar said the IMD has not yet predicted any cyclones. The likely cyclonic circulation on May 6 will lead to a low-pressure area in the next 48 hours. The low-pressure area has to further develop into a depression and then a deep depression before it can become a cyclone, he said. Jena said the state will work to ensure ‘zero casualties” if a cyclone hits the state. “All collectors have been alerted in this regard. The cyclone shelters are in readiness, while more safe places, including school buildings, have been identified,” he added.
Sahu said 24×7 control rooms have already been made operational in all districts. “The collectors of 18 coastal and adjoining districts have been told to remain prepared,” he said. A total of 17 National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) teams and 20 teams of the Odisha Disaster Rapid Action Force (ODRAF) have been kept on standby, he said.