The state government today geared up to face the cyclone Kyant that is likely to hit the Odisha coast.
Cyclone to Intensify in the Next 24 Hours
Director of the regional meteorology center here Sarat Chandra Sahu said the deep depression over the east central Bay of Bengal moved northwards and lay centered about 520km north north-east of Port Blair and 310km of west-south west of Yangon in the evening.
“The system is most likely to intensify into a cyclonic storm during next 24 hours. It will move northwards for some time and then recurve initially north-northwestwards and northwest ward. It is very likely to reach the northwest Bay of Bengal on October 27 morning,” he said.
Weathermen has warned that squally wind with speed up to 65km per hour is likely to commence along and off the Odisha and Bengal coasts from Thursday.
“The system should be closely watched and monitored,” said the alert message issued by the special relief commissioner to the district collectors, asking them to remain alert keeping in view the possible adverse effects of the system.
“The district control rooms should be activated and the Odisha Disaster Rapid Action Force teams should be requisitioned immediately if the situation so warrants. The fire service units should also be kept in readiness,” said the directive, advising farmers to shift their harvested paddy to a safe place to avoid any loss or damage due to either the cyclone or rain.
“We are in touch with the meteorology department authorities on the cyclone updates. So far, it’s not certain whether the cyclone will hit the Odisha coast and what will be its intensity. However, we are not taking any risk as cyclones have occurred in October in the past,” said Mohapatra, adding that all the collectors of the 11 coastal districts had been asked to remain alert,” said special relief commissioner Pradipta Kumar Mohapatra.
Chief minister Naveen Patnaik has called an emergency meeting tomorrow to take stock of the cyclone preparedness.
District Medical Officers on Alert
Health secretary Arti Ahuja sent a set of a 13-point directive to all the chief district medical officers, asking them to remain prepared to meet the public health situation. A drive has begun to identify pregnant women whose expected delivery date falls within two weeks.
“All medical and paramedical staff members need to be present at their headquarters and leave should not be allowed during the period,” she directed.
Besides, Ahuja has also directed the chief district medical officers to open 24X7 control rooms in their respective districts and prepare a contingency plan to deploy staff members from the non-affected areas.
Moreover, the officers have been asked to ensure availability of emergency drugs and vehicles, including ambulances. They would also ensure health education on the use of safe drinking water, ORS, mosquito nets and so on.
Odisha Prone to Cyclones
Odisha had witnessed a devastating super cyclone on October 29-30 in 1999 that had claimed more than 1,000 human lives and ripped apart the entire coastal belt. It was preceded by a cyclone early in the same month of the year in Ganjam district.
Recently, the state experienced cyclone Phailin on October 12, 2013. Again, the southern districts witnessed cyclone Hudhud in October last year.
Courtesy: The Telegraph