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Cyclone Phethai: Emergency Control Rooms In All Districts Alerted, Says Odisha SRC


17 December 2018

Ajesh Mallick


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Bhubaneswar: The looming cyclone ‘Phethai’ on Bay of Bengal has kept Odisha Government on its toes and emergency control rooms in all districts have been kept on alert, informed Special Relief Commissioner Bishnupada Sethi today.

“The control rooms in all districts have been alerted and the State Emergency Operation room will also be working round the clock. Damage to life and property is not expected as the cyclone is likely to weaken after landfall,” Sethi informed.

In view of the Rabi season (harvest season), Sethi said, “All mandis/government marketing yards have been informed to cover the paddy with polythene sheets. All collectors have also been informed of the approaching cyclone especially in Gajapati where houses had been damaged by Titli.”

“As per latest information, there has been no rainfall in Gajapati in the last 24 hours. People who have not built their houses after Titli yet, will be mass evacuated to schools for the duration of the cyclone if the need arises. Situation will become normal by tomorrow as heavy rainfall is expected only today after cyclone’s landfall,” he continued.

While sources said that 11000 people in Gajapati have already been evacuated to 174 shelter homes, Sethi said, “There has been no need for evacuation of people yet. Rainfall amount will be normal as it occurs in monsoon season. The main damage is expected on standing crops due to which precautions have been taken from our side. According to latest Doppler radar reports Malkangiri, Koraput, Rayagada, Gajapati Nawarangpur, and Kalahandi will recive heavy rainfall. IMD has also informed that the storm will weaken and move towards Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh through South Odisha.”

On Dec 17, the five districts that recorded heavy rainfall are- Nuapada 36.8 mm, Kalahandi 31.4mm, Nabarangpur 22.9 mm, Sonepur 16.4mm and Kandhamal 15.2 mm. The State avergae rainfall was 8mm.

Also Read: Latest Updates On Cyclone Phethai: Landfall Expected Today Noon Over Andhra Coast

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Bishnupada Sethi, Special Relief Commissioner, Odisha