Odisha Govt Prepares With Precautionary Measures To Tackle Heat Wave Situation

Bhubaneswar: In a bid to deal with a heatwave situation in the upcoming summer season, Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) Pradeep Jena today issued guidelines for districts. In a letter to the Collectors, the SRC shared the following guidelines:

Public awareness is the key to check heat wave-related illness and casualties. Hence, awareness campaigns need to be taken up immediately to make people aware of the risks associated with a heatwave, identifying the risk, to protect themselves from the risks.

Water scarcity is often associated with heatwave situation which needs special attention. The district administration is required to take advance steps to identify water scarcity pockets and ensure the supply of drinking water adequately through tankers.

Preventive maintenance of tube wells and piped water supply systems should start immediately. The water resources department will take steps to release water through canals from reservoirs depending on requirements.

‘Paniya Jala Seva Kendras’ (drinking water kiosks) are required to be opened by urban local bodies and local panchayats at market places, bus stands, and other congregation points.

Construction and repair of shallow vats may also be ensured for roaming livestock.

Schools, colleges, and other academic institutions may be required to continue classes during summer to compensate for the loss due to COVID-19. In case, these remain open during summers, extra care needs to be taken to ensure the availability of drinking water. Sufficient ORS should also be kept in stock.

Transport facilities should resume for educational institutions to ensure that students are not exposed to heatwave. Sufficient life-saving medicines, saline, ORS may be stored in medical institutions.

All public transport vehicles should carry sufficient potable water and ORS packets. Timing of laborers and workmen at worksites. During the heatwave period, a calamity management group under the leadership of the collector should review the situation as well as relief measures every day and a daily situation report be sent to the office of the SRC.