Bhubaneswar: Taking stock of the impending Cyclone FANI, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik reviewed overall preparedness at the State Secretariat with Secretaries of six State departments, telecom service providers and Collectors of several coastal districts.
Secretaries of Energy, Housing and Urban Development, Health and Family Welfare, Rural Development, Works and Panchyati Raj department were present in the meeting. The Chief Minister advised them to look after speedy restoration and rehabilitation process, soon after the Cyclone recedes.
He also spoke to Collectors of Puri, Khurda, Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapara, Ganjam, Gajapati and Cuttack over telephone. He instructed them to expedite evacuation of people in the low lying areas with priority to women, children, senior citizens and Persons with Disabilities.
Following that, he met the telecom operators at Secretariat and reviewed their preparedness to maintain communication link. As per National Disaster management Authority (NDMA), people have been advised to keep mobile phones charged to ensure connectivity and get timely weather updates. In view of this, it is extremely crucial to have continuous network link.
The Government has directed telecom operators like BSNL, Vodafone, Jio to continue providing uninterrupted mobile network services even when the wind speed touches maximum 200 kmph.
It is notable to mention here that a total of 33,02,157 messages have been sent to people of Odisha who are likely to be affected by Cyclone FANI through Early Warning Dissemination System from State Emergency Operations Centre. The messages have been sent to the BSNL users of 11 districts of the state.