Cyclone Phailin: Centre assures help to Odisha

Bhubaneswar: With a severe cyclonic storm Phailin looming large on Odisha’s coast and is expected to hit the state on Saturday, the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) on Thursday announced assistance to deal with the natural calamity.
 
“At least 28 teams of National Disaster Response Forces are available to the Odisha government for evacuation and relief operations,” said M. Shashidhar Reddy, Vice Chairman of NDMA at a press conference at the IMD office in New Delhi.
 
Each team of NDRF has 35-45 personnel. He added that the ministry of health and family welfare had been asked to stand by with medical teams for any situation that may arise after the floods.
 
Special Relief Commissioner P K Mohapatra on Thursday said that the Defence ministry has confirmed that some helicopters would be kept ready at Barrackpore in neighbouring West Bengal and would be ready to fly out by Sunday morning.

He said Odisha did not have a place to station the helicopters therefore they would fly in from Barrackpore.

Mohapatra said that food packets for about 1 lakh people would be ready before the cyclone's landfall.
 

According to the latest bulletin of the IMD, the cyclonic storm over east central Bay of Bengal has slightly intensified further and lay centred about 590km south-southeast of Paradip. It would move northwestwards and cross north Andhra Pradesh and Odisha coast between Kalingapatnam and Paradip by evening of 12th October as a very severe cyclonic storm with a maximum sustained wind speed of 205-215 kmph.
 
Meanwhile, the Paradip and Gopalpur ports have raised the distant storm warning signal to two, said an official at Bhubaneswar Meteorological Centre.