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Suryakant Jena

Bhubaneswar: Ahead of the formation of a low pressure in north Andaman Sea and its neighbouring East Central Bay of Bengal and possible intensification into a cyclone, Odisha government on Friday informed that it has initiated exhaustive disaster management exercise with arrangements at all level while also ruling out the chances of any flood-like situation in the State.

Chief Engineer of the Water Resources Department, Jyotirmay Ratha said a 24 hour control room will be established with the coordination of three departments Rural Development, PWD and Water Resources Department. 

A toll-free number will also be issued for people so that people can sound their grievances and seek help in case of any emergency during and after the cyclone, said Ratha.

The senior official also claimed that since the cyclone is taking place in the summer, there is little likelihood of any flood situation in the State. 

There may be places where flash-floods may occur under the impact of the cyclone while incidents of waterlogging may also be witnessed in low-lying areas due to rainfall induced due to the storm, he said.

Ground-level officials have been asked to maintain strict vigil on river embankments in districts which are likely to be affected more by the cyclone. Steps are being taken to increase patrolling along the bunds. Similarly, the government has also asked the concerned departments to clear drainage system to prevent undue pressure during the cyclone. We are fuly prepared for the possible imoact of Cyclone Yaas in 10 districts of the State. 

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Meanwhile, State DG of Police Abhay held a review meeting with officials of the ODRAF to assess the preparedness of the disaster management wing in view of the possible cyclonic storm. Abhay assured that the ODRAF is fully prepared to face any exigency that may arise due to cyclone

Meanwhile, Odisha Special Relief Commissioner Pradeep Jena after a high-level meeting on the cyclone preparedness with IMD & NDMA informed that the 5 NDRF teams who were sent to Gujarat for Cyclone Tauktae will return to Odisha today. 

ODRAF, NDRF and Fire Services personnel are being dispatched to strategic locations in the districts likely to face the most impact of Cyclone. High-mast lights installed in cities, billboards and hoardings will also be removed. If directives are not followed, Municipal staff will remove the advertisement board, said the SRC

Even though the IMD has not yet confirmed the exact intensity, track and location of landfall of the cyclone, it has said that the low pressure on North Andaman and Eastcentral BoB forming around May 22 is likely to gradually strengthen into a cyclonic storm by May 25 on East Central Bay of Bengal before it may hurtle towards Odisha-Bengal coast on May 26 .

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