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Vikash Sharma

Bhubaneswar: Odisha government today directed Collectors of five districts to remain alert in view of the heavy rain forecast by India Meteorological Department (IMD).

In a letter, the Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) has directed Collectors of Malkangiri, Koraput, Nabarangpur, Kalahandi and Nuapada to closely monitor the situation as flood situation is likely to crop up due to heavy rainfall in their respective districts.

The Collectors of these districts have also been asked to keep the administrative machinery prepared to meet any possible situation that may arise due to heavy rains.

As per the advisory, the administrative officials will initiate necessary measures to identify vulnerable residential schools, welfare institutions which may get inundated and subsequently shift the inmates to safer shelters, if required.

This apart, the district authorities have been directed to make advance arrangements for providing adequate food, water, lightning, health and sanitation facilities at shelter and relief camps.

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