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Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik Holds Meeting to Review Cyclone Preparedness


Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Tuesday chaired a review meeting on the preparedness to handle eventuality arising from likelihood of cyclone Kyant hitting Odisha coast. The Chief Secretary, DGP, Director Regional Meteorological Department, Special Relief Commissioner (SRC), Secretaries of the departments of Revenue, Food, Energy, Agriculture & Rural Development, NDRF, Fire and ODRAF representatives were also present in the meeting.

Regional Director Meteorological department informed in the meeting that the deep depression has turned into cyclone ‘Kyant’, which is lying 715 km away off the Gopalpur coast of Odisha. And currently it is moving in north-west direction and is likely to reach west-central Bay of Bengal.

Chief Minister also interacted with the 14 Collectors likely to be affected districts via video conference and directed them to be on alert. Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) PK Mohapatra briefing the reporters after the meeting said, the official holidays stand cancelled and the government staff have been asked to remain in field on October 29 and 30 to keep a close watch on the situation. The Collectors have also been asked to take measures to keep the harvested crop covered as rain is expected under the influence of the cyclonic storm. He also informed that the meteorological department’s prediction suggests that the cyclone is moving towards Andhra Pradesh.

According to a cyclone update bulletin released by Indian Meteorological department, “the deep depression over east-central Bay of Bengal moved further west-northwestwards in past 03 hours, intensified into a cyclonic storm ‘KYANT’ and lay centred at 0830 hrs IST of 25 th October, 2016 over east-central Bay of Bengal, near Latitude 17.0º N and Longitude 91.2º E, about 620 km north-northwest of Port Blair, 710 km south-southeast of Gopalpur and 850 km east of Vishakhapatnam The system will move initially west-northwestwards and then west to west-southwestwards towards westcentral Bay of Bengal during next 72 hours.”

During this time squally winds speed reaching 45-55 kmph gusting to 65 kmph is very likely to commence along and off Odisha and north coastal Andhra Pradesh coasts from October 27 onwards. The fishermen have been advised not to venture into sea along and off Odisha and north coastal Andhra Pradesh coasts from October 27 onwards.

Cyclone Likely to Hit Odisha Coast; CM Patnaik Calls Meeting on Oct 25 to Review Preparedness

Bhubaneswar: The Meteorological department at Bhubaneswar has confirmed that a cyclonic storm is likely to head towards Odisha coast within a couple of days. Sarat Chandra Sahu, Director, MET office Bhubaneswar said, the deep depression which is likely to take shape of a cyclone will have an impact on coastal Odisha on October 27 and 28.

In the bulletin released by IMD on October 24 says “The deep depression over east central Bay of Bengal slightly moved northwards and lay centred at 1130 hrs IST of 24 October, 2016 over east central Bay of Bengal, near Latitude 16.5º N and Longitude 93.2º E, about 540 km north-northeast of Port Blair and 320 km west-southwest of Yangon. The system is very likely to intensify into a cyclonic storm during next 24 hours. It will move initially north-northwestwards and then northwestwards. It is very likely to reach northwest Bay of Bengal in the morning of 27. October, 2016”.

In a likelihood of the Cylone Kyant heading towards coastal Odisha, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has called an emergency meeting on Tuesday to review the preparedness of the State to face any eventuality arising out of the cyclone hitting the coast.

In an advisory issued by Special Relief commissioner PK Mohapatra has asked the farmers to keep the harvested crops covered and also not to panic as it may not impact Odisha and is likely to move towards the coast of Bangladesh.

Mohapatra also said that the department is also in constant touch with the IMD, New Delhi for updates. And the district collectors of the coastal districts have been asked to remain alert to face any untoward situation. The fishermen have also been asked not to venture out in the sea.

Lightning Claims 4 Lives in Odisha

Bhubaneswar: Lightning strikes today claimed 4 lives in various parts of the Odisha taking the death toll to 56 over which happened over the last 4 days.

Deaths have been reported in the Khurdha, Cuttack, Jagatsinghpur and Bolangir districts of the State.

Odisha has been witnessing heavy rains over the past few days and lightning strikes has been occurring over various place taking human and cattle lives.

CM Naveen Patnaik Forms Task Force to Look into Nagada Infant Deaths

Bhubaneswar: Infant mortality due to malnutrition at Nagada village in Jajpur district of Odisha has drawn flak from all quarters, especially the opposition Bharatiya Janata party (BJP) and the Congress Party blamed the Naveen Patnaik led Biju Janata Dal (BJD) government for its failure to curb infant mortality. The scenario came to light after reports came in that 18 infants died allegedly due to malnutrition over the past three months particularly in the same village in the mining district of Jajpur.

After the reports were highlighted in the media the Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Thursday reacted over the issue by forming a task force. Talking to media persons present at the state secretariat he said “The task force will also see that such incidents do not recur.”

In the meanwhile, senior official from state agriculture department PK Meherda and Task force nodal officer Manoj Ahuja have visited and enquired about the condition of 19 malnourished kids undergoing treatment at the Kaliapani hospital.

Industry Body FICCI Pools for J&K Flood Relief

New Delhi: The apex industry body FICCI has engaged with its membership and staff for relief and rehabilitation initiatives for the flood-affected areas of Jammu and Kashmir. While several small and medium industries have come forward to support this initiative through FICCI, many large scale industry members of FICCI have taken the responsibility to reach out directly to the victims.

FICCI is coordinating with NDMA to disburse medicines from its member pharma companies to the flood affected areas in J&K. Approximately, Rs. 5 crores have been directed towards J&K relief operations from FICCI membership till now.

Additionally, FICCI President Sidharth Birla has announced a Task Force to undertake the rehabilitation work in J&K. FICCI is in touch with the Central and state administration to carry out the rehabilitation work in the flood affected state.

FICCI is trying to replicate the efforts that were undertaken post Uttrakhand floods where the Chamber had engaged with the state administration for building homes, providing geospatial facilities and fabrication of biodegradable toilets for affected civilians.

FICCI employees have also come forward to support the cause that needs urgent national attention. In addition to providing material for relief operations via NGOs identified for support, FICCI employees have pledged their one-day salary towards reconstruction of J&K.