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Mrunal Manmay Dash

The Odisha School and Mass Education (S&ME) department on Wednesday directed the District Education Officers and District Project Coordinators of the districts which will be affected by the impending rain, to make the school buildings available for shelter and relief distribution.

An order in this connection was issued by the department which laid out preparedness measures in case of heavy rains and flood like situation in the next few days.

As a preparedness measure, the following instructions are issued:

1. All School buildings of the S&ME Department of affected district should be made available as per requirement of District Administration in case of exigency.

2. The Headmaster of schools may allow using MDM food grains, if necessary, by the District Administration which will be recouped from the SRC and may also allow the school buildings for the purpose of shelter and relief distribution as per requirement.

3. For any support in the above matter, they may contact Director, Secondary Education, Director, Elementary Education and SNO, MDM (PM Poshan).

4. All DEOs, DPCs & BEOs should ensure to keep the official papers and documents safely to avoid any damages due to heavy rainfall.

5. All DEOs, DPCs & BEOs will prepare the damage report and DEO will submit the consolidated report to the respective Director under intimation to the Department immediately after the impending rainfall is over.

6. The DEOs will act as Nodal Officer in the District for S&ME Department-related activities. They should coordinate and cooperate with District Administration for the purpose.

7. The DEOs, DPCs & BEOs will not leave Headquarters without the prior permission of the Collector and District Magistrate. Considering the exigency, it is requested to take all necessary preparedness in consultation with District Administration to mitigate the impact of impending heavy rainfall.

As per the IMD data, a low pressure area is likely to form over North Bay of Bengal around 19 August, 2022 and heavy rainfall with thunderstorm/ lightning is likely to occur over Odisha during 18-20 August, 2022. This rainfall is likely to affect several districts of the State.

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