Sharmili Mallick

Bhubaneswar: The well-marked low pressure formed over Northwest Bay of Bengal off West Bengal and north Odisha coast that has triggered rainfall in most places of the State since yesterday is likely to intensify in the next 24 hours.

The Indian Meteorological Department here issued heavy to very heavy rain alert for eight districts-Puri, Nayagarh, Ganjam, Khurda, Kandhamal, Sambalpur, Boudh, Cuttack and Jagatsinghpur.

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, following a review meeting on flood and rainfall situations in the state on Tuesday, advised all the district Collectors to remain alert and adopt necessary measures to tackle emergencies.

The CM also asked the ODRAF and NDRF teams to remain prepared for any eventualities.

State Relief Commissioner (SRC) Bishnupada Sethi said,” All the district collectors have been directed to remain alert. The existing systems to tackle flood-like situation in block and other levels have been activated. There is a disaster management plan in each district as well as block-level and officials concerned will be prepared accordingly to address all situations.”

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