Bhubaneswar: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Wednesday directed officials to provide relief materials to all the residents of 128 marooned villages in the State which were largely affected by the very severe cyclonic storm Yaas.
The announcement came after Patnaik reviewed the post cyclone situation in the State today.
The CM also directed officials to clear the major roads for smooth transportation in the next 24 hours and 80% restoration of electricity supply in the affected districts in the next 24 hours.
Patnaik congratulated all the Panchayat representatives, districts administrations, community organisations and police for their excellent work in evacuation.
He also thanked the doctors and health workers for continuous health service in the affected districts during the cyclone.
The very severe cyclonic storm Yaas continues to weaken after landfall and turned into a cyclonic storm. According to IMD, the Cyclone Yaas had crossed north Odisha coast at 20 km south of Balasore between 10 and 11.30 am today.
As per the special weather bulletin issued by the India Meteorological Department (IMD), “The Very Severe Cyclonic Storm ‘Yaas’ over north coastal Odisha moved north-northwestwards with a speed of about 10 kmph during past 6 hours. It has weakened into a Severe Cyclonic Storm and lay centered about 25 km west northwest of Balasore and 35 km south-southwest of Baripada.”
The system is very likely to move northwestwards and weaken into a cyclonic storm during next 3 hours, predicted the IMD.
Meanwhile, the Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) has issued red warning for heavy to very heavy rainfall in nine districts of Odisha including Balasore, Bhadrak, Jajpur, Kendrapara, Jagatsinghpur, Cuttack, Mayurbhanj, Keonjhar and Dhenkanal.
Similarly, yellow warning has been issued for Angul, Deogarh, Sundergarh and Sambalpur, and these places are likely to experience heavy to very heavy rainfall.