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Suryakant Jena

Bhubaneswar: With the low pressure on East central Bay of Bengal set to turn into a cyclonic storm tomorrow, the Odisha government has pulled all efforts in strengthening it's action plan to tackle the probable disaster. 

Various departments of the government machinery are leaving no stone unturned in ensuring full-proof preparedness for the cyclone Yaas. 

State Water Resources Engineer in Chief Jyotirmaya Ratha informed media persons today that 10 districts have been asked to remain alert in view of the cyclone. 

A 24 hour control room has been opened to maintain coordination with the authorities of all districts and ground level officials.

At present water level in almost all the reservoirs is much below the capacity level and so that once the cyclonic activity triggers rainfall, it will help in better flood management as per the SOP even though there is little likelihood of such flood situation. 

Leaves of all employees have been cancelled and everyone has been directed to stay at the headquarters. A special team has been set up for the cyclone management which will work in coordination with district authorities, informed Ratha.

Meanwhile, the Energy department also reviewed it's preparations in view of the cyclone. State Energy Minister Dibya Shankar Mishra chaired a high level meeting to take stock of the arrangements. 

As per the decisions made, officials have been asked to ensure seamless uninterrupted supply of electricity to Covid care centres, Covid hospitals during and after the cyclonic activity. Facilities have also been made to ensure power supply on standby mode so as to prevent any untoward situation.

The department has also cancelled the leaves of all employees looking at the possible impact of the storm. 

Discoms especially TATA has been directed to maintain caution and extra vigilance to resolve any issues of power failure on war footing.

Special teams have been constituted for post cyclone restoration works, informed Mishra.

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