Odisha CM Instructs Officials to Stay Alert for Monsoon Floods and Cyclones

Bhubaneswar: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has instructed officials to be prepared for potential floods and cyclones during the monsoon season. In a meeting of the state-level Natural Calamity Committee, Patnaik reviewed the readiness of various government departments and districts to handle emergencies.

Given Odisha’s susceptibility to recurring disasters, such as floods and cyclones, the state successfully managed the challenges it faced last year when 24 districts were affected by heavy rain and floods. In recognition of its exemplary disaster preparedness and management, Odisha has been honoured with the Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose Award for 2023 by the Central Government.

The period from June to October is crucial for the state as it is prone to droughts, floods, and cyclones. Patnaik emphasized the need to review preparedness at all levels and directed officials to focus on early warning systems, rescue operations, relief efforts, drinking water supply, and health and veterinary services. The Odisha Disaster Rapid Action Force (ODRAF) units and fire services have been placed on high alert for immediate response.

To ensure effective communication, control rooms in districts and departments will operate 24/7. A web and mobile app called SATARK has been developed to provide real-time weather and disaster-related updates, serving as a single-window platform to relay location-specific information to citizens and save lives.

The Food Supplies and Consumer Welfare Department has been instructed to stock an adequate amount of food materials, while the Fisheries and Animal Resources Development Department will ensure sufficient cattle feed in vulnerable and inaccessible areas. The provision of green fodder and the establishment of cattle camps during floods are also part of the preparations.

During rescue and relief operations, special attention will be given to vulnerable individuals such as pregnant women, physically and mentally challenged individuals, young children, widows, and the elderly. The swift clearance of relief lines, repair and restoration of essential infrastructure, and the revival of livelihoods after disasters are also crucial priorities.

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