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Cyclone Bulbul: Cabinet Secretary Chairs NCMC Meeting With Odisha and WB Officials

08 November 2019

Debashish Maharana

Bhubaneswar: A meeting of the National Crisis Management Committee (NCMC), chaired by the Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba was held on Friday here to review the preparedness to deal with severe cyclone Bulbul which is hovering over the Bay of Bengal. This cyclone is likely to affect coastal districts of West Bengal and Odisha in the coming days.

IMD informed that the Cyclone that had developed in the Bay of Bengal, has now intensified and is likely to cross the West Bengal coast by the early morning of November 10, 2019. Officials of Odisha and West Bengal governments informed media that necessary preparations have been made by them and SDRF and fire service teams have been deployed.

Odisha Special Relief Commissioner PK Jena said according to the IMD the low lying coastal areas will experience heavy to very heavy rainfall. "We are prepared to face the situation. If required we will evacuate people from the low lying areas and accommodate them in cyclone shelter," Jena said.

The SRC had a video conferencing with the Collectors of the vulnerable districts on Thursday. He advised them to focus on two things:

In the post Fani scenario when a large number of telephone and electricity poles were re-erected, there are chances these poles might not withstand strong winds. Under such a scenario, the district administration should be prepared with work force to re-install the damaged poles.

The trees which are sagging or weak may break. The administration and Fire Services teams should be fully prepared to carry out clearance activities.

"During the telephonic discussion with the Collectors today, they have assured about the preparedness. The cyclone is not going to touch Odisha. But the impact with strong winds will be dealt with appropriately," Jena added.

Pradip Jena, SRC, Odisha