**Bhubaneswar: ** Following heavy rainfall forecast made by the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) and as it is to begin from today evening and continue till tomorrow, Odisha Government today tightened up its belt to tackle the situation for which Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik reviewed the situation and directed all District Collectors to remain alert.
The Chief Minister has also instructed all the district administrations to make special arrangements at the Independence Day celebration venues so that the students participating in the parade do not face any trouble.
Briefing media soon after the high level rainfall review meeting at the State Secretariat here, Odisha Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) Bishnupada Sethi said, “As per the weather predictions, heavy rains to lash several parts of Odisha by today evening. This would continue till August 15 (tomorrow). In order to face this weather condition, a review meeting was held today chaired by the Chief Minister. All the District Collectors have been directed to be alert.”
He informed, “The existing system at the block level and other levels will be activated. As per IMD predictions, Odisha is likely to experience heavy rainfall. Hence, whatever preparations we have, all have been activated. We have ODRAF units besides 10 units of NDRF in Odisha. We have shelters at several places in Odisha. If necessary, the people will be sheltered there and they will be provided with the necessary facilities, mainly food. Every district and every block has a disaster management plan. Thus, all will remain prepared as per the plan.”
The SRC also informed, “Review was also made on the rain situation. Odisha has till date received good rainfall, 5% more. Barring three districts, Sundargarh, Deogarh and Balangir, rest of the districts have received good rainfall. This will benefit our ongoing agricultural activities.”
On the possible flood like situation in the State, the SRC stated, “The water level of all rivers are flowing now below danger level. We’re constantly keeping a watch on it. Till now there is no flood apprehension in any of the rivers in Odisha. Following the predicted rains, possible increase in water level of all the rivers will be monitored and measures will be taken accordingly.”
He further explained, “Heavy rainfall means beyond 100 mm. In the last 24 hours, 12 blocks received rainfall over 100 mm.”
“Weather forecast goes that heavy rain to pound on south of Puri, Ganjam, Gajapati, Kandhamal, Rayagada, Malkangiri and Nabarangpur districts. Some other predictions state that the interior areas of Odisha and coastal areas are also likely to receive rains. Mainly south Odisha to receive heavy to very heavy rainfall,” he mentioned.
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