Collectors Put On Alert As IMD Predicts Heavy Rainfall In Odisha

Bhubaneswar: The Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) have on Thursday asked all the District Collectors to stay alert for the aftermath of the heavy rainfall which is going to lash several parts of Odisha till September 8, as predicted by the India Meteorological Department (IMD).

Collectors of the districts under red/orange warning, as issued by the IMD, are directed to keep the administrative machinery fully prepared to meet any possible flood/water logging/landslide that may arise in the event of intense rainfall.

Advance arrangements may be made to evacuate people from vulnerable locations to safe shelters, if required, and to provide adequate food, safe drinking water, lighting, health and sanitation facilities at the shelters/relief camps.

Besides, the Collectors have been asked to make advance arrangements to clear the road communication in the event of landslide in hilly areas. District Emergency Operation Centre (EOC) in all the districts must operate round the clock and update the situation to State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) from time to time.

They have also been asked that warning to fishermen is to be implemented strictly.

In an official notification, the SRC has mentioned that as per the Special Bulletin issued by IMD at 13.30 hours today (05.09.19), a low pressure area lies over Coastal Odisha and neighbourhood with associated cyclonic circulation extending upto 7.6 km above mean sea level tilting southwestwards with height.

Four districts (Ganjam, Kandhamal, Kalahandi and Nawarangpur) have been issued with red warning valid from 5.9.2019 till 08.30 hours IST 6.9.2019. Heavy to very heavy rainfall is very likely at a few places with extremely heavy rainfall at isolated places over these districts during the said period as a result of which localised flood situation, landslides in hilly areas & disruption of road communication is likely to occur.

Six districts (Gajapati, Puri, Koraput, Bolangir, Rayagada and Nuapada) have been issued with orange warning. Heavy rainfall is very likely to occur at isolated places over these districts.

Ten districts (Gajapati, Malkangiri, Khordha, Nayagarh, Boudh, Sonepur, Bargarh, Jagatsinghpur, Cuttack and Kendrapara) have been issued with yellow warning. Heavy rainfall is very likely to occur at isolated places over these districts.

Further seven districts (Nuapada, Bolangir, Bargarh, Nawarangpur, Sonepur, Kalahandi and Boudh) have been issued orange warning and seven more districts (Koraput, Kandhamal, Ganjam, Nayagarh, Sambalpur, Rayagada and Angul) with Yellow Warning from 0830 hrs IST of 6.9.2019 to 0830 hrs IST of 7.9.2019.

Five districts (Jharsuguda, Sundargarh, Bargarh, Nuapada and Mayurbhanj) have been issued yellow warning from 0830 hrs IST of 7.9.2019 to 0830 hrs IST of 8.9.2019.

As squally weather with gusty surface wind speed reaching 40-50 kmph likely to prevail along and off Odisha coast and westcentral adjoining northwest Bay of Bengal, the sea condition is likely to be rough to very rough. Fishermen are advised not to venture into the sea along and off Odisha coast and westcentral adjoining northwest Bay of Bengal during next 48 hours.


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