Massive evacuation in Odisha
With the meteorological department issuing warning on the \"very severe cyclonic storm\" set to hit the coast near Visakhapatnam on Sunday.
Bhubaneswar: With the meteorological department issuing warning on the "very severe cyclonic storm" set to hit the coast near Visakhapatnam on Sunday, the Odisha government deployed NDRF and ODRF to evacuate around 3.5 lakh people. The government deployed 25 units - (each comprising 40 personnel), 15 of NDRF and 10 of ODRF besides fire service men in vulnerable places in different parts of the state. The IMD has issued Orange Message on the impending storm. "As southern region is likely to be more affected by wind, heavy rainfall and consequent floods, collectors of eight districts of Malkangiri, Koraput, Nabarangpur, Rayagada, Gajapati, Ganjam, Kalahandi and Kandhamal, have been asked to carefully assess and evacuate all vulnerable population to safe buildings," Chief Secretary G C Pati told reporters.
As cyclone and flood situation are new for the tribal population in these districts, the administration has been facing difficulty to convince the people for evacuation. "We have engaged public announcement system and local community leaders to ensure that all the people living in kutcha houses are taken to safe places by tomorrow forenoon," Pati said.