Bhubaneswar: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Saturday emphasised on saving people's lives as he chaired a high-level virtual meeting to review the State's preparedness to deal with possible Cyclone Yaas over the Bay of Bengal .
Chief Secretary Suresh Mohapatra, Special Relief Commissioner Pradeep Kumar Jena and other senior officials of different departments attended the meeting.
While reviewing the preparedness, the Chief Minister directed the officials to keep the cyclone shelters ready for the evacuated people. He also directed the officials to keep sufficient amount of dry food available for the affected people.
“Every single life is very much important for us. If required coastal area people in the danger zone should be evacuated to safe places. The Collectors and SPs should supervise the evacuation work personally,” ordered Patnaik.
He also directed the Chief Secretary to monitor the cyclone preparedness constantly and counsel the district administrations.
Keeping in view of the impeding cyclone, Patnaik directed the officials to deploy ODRAF, NDRF teams at the possible affected places and keep road clearing machines and other necessary equipment ready for the relief and rescue operations.
He also harped on the importance of Oxygen supply. “We are also going through difficult Covid-19 phase. There should be special emphasis on the supply of Oxygen both inside and outside the State,” directed Patnaik.
“Odisha is known for its special disaster resilient skill. Every year we have to deal with cyclones. Now the situation is more complicated due to the Covid-19 pandemic. However, the administration will be fully prepared to deal with the crisis in a flawless process,” he assured.
Meanwhile, as many as 22 NDRF, 66 ODRAF and 177 Fire Services teams have been kept ready for the relief and rescue operations.
“The State government is fully prepared to deal with the impending cyclone. Along with cyclone shelters, other places have been kept ready to provide shelter to the evacuated people with Covid-19 norms in place. Disaster management teams are also ready to restore the electric supply quickly after the cyclone,” said Special Relief Commissioner Jena.
Chief Secretary Mohapatra also exuded confidence about the preparedness of the State government in dealing with the cyclone.
“We have been conducting special meetings in regular intervals. All the departments, officials along with the disaster management teams are ready to meet with any kind of eventualities,” said Mohapatra.
(Edited by Ramakant Biswas)