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Cyclone Yaas: Coastal districts of Odisha on high alert

Bhubaneswar: Amid the developing cyclonic storm in the Bay of Bengal, Odisha Chief Secretary Suresh Chandra Mahapatra on Friday announced that all coastal and adjoining districts in the state has been put on high alert.

Storm/rain representational (Source: PTI File)

Bhubaneswar: Amid the developing cyclonic storm in the Bay of Bengal, Odisha Chief Secretary Suresh Chandra Mahapatra on Friday announced that all coastal and adjoining districts in the state has been put on high alert.

Chief Secretary Mahapatra also held a meeting on May 21 with all line departments, Coast Guard, NDRF, DG Police, INS Chilika and DG fire services.

“Keeping in view the IMD’s predictions, all concerned departments like electricity companies, rural and urban water supply departments, health departments, Odisha Disaster Response Force, and NDRF teams have been put on alert to be in readiness with the manpower, material,” Suresh Chandra Mahapatra said.

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“The process for identification of cyclone shelters and safe buildings in large-scale has been started. Whatever is required for relief and rescue has been arranged,” he added.

The above-mentioned cyclone has been named ‘Yaas’, a name which has been provided by Oman.

The Odisha Chief Secretary further added that “entire administration is fully prepared to cope with the cyclone. As things will be more clear about the path of the cyclone in next two-three days, then we will decide that where we have to be more focused”.

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“The fisheries department through its warning system has almost brought back the fishermen who were in the sea excepting 39 persons, and we are expecting them to come back to the shore by Saturday,” special relief Commissioner Pradeep K Jena.

Jena also added that two airplanes and ships of the Indian Coast Guard, Paradip are currently patrolling in the sea to guide ships, fishing boats return to shore well before the cyclone.

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National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) (Photo Credit: PTI)

According to the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD), the Cyclone will reach Odisha and West Bengal by May 26 and will also cause heavy rains in the eastern coast along with Andaman and Nicobar Island.

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