Flood threat: Preparations in place for evacuation in Odisha


Bhubaneswar, July 24: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Monday
took stock of the flood preparedness at the State Secretariat here and asked
officials to evacuate people inundated in low lying areas to safer places well
in advance.

Asking the officials to be fully prepared to effectively deal
with the situation, the Chief Minister directed for immediate provision for
free kitchen for evacuated people.
Patnaik asked the officers to deploy mobile patrolling teams
to watch and protect the weak and vulnerable river embankments in flood prone
The Chief Minister directed for deployment of required number
of Disaster Response Forces of ODRAF, NDRF and fire services along with boats
and other equipment in areas likely to be affected by flood to carry out rescue
and relief operations.
Stressing on effective coordination between different line
departments, Patnaik directed the Health and Family Welfare, Panchayati Raj and
Drinking Water, Housing and Urban Development departments to ensure supply of
safe drinking water and medical care to prevent outbreak of any water borne
It was revealed in meeting that due to rising water levels in
the Baitarani river, villages under 12 blocks of Jajpur, Keonjhar and Bhadrak
are likely to affected.
The administrations of the three districts have kept a close
eye on the flood situation.
A total of 59 flood shelters including 43 in Bhadrak and 12
in Jajpur have been opened to accommodate people expected to be evacuated from
low lying areas. Four teams ODRAF have been deployed in the districts.

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