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Odisha CM directs departments to stay prepared for possible floods

Bhubaneswar, June 29: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Wednesday directed all departments to be in full state of readiness to tackle possible floods as Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted excess rains this year.

Chairing the State-level Natural Calamity meeting at the State Secretariat laid emphasis on to reach to affected people immediately and ensure due assistance promptly.

The CM directed ODRAF, Fire Services to be in readiness with boats for instant deployment as first responders, implementation of standard operating procedure, conduct of mock drills by departments, proper storage of adequate flood fighting materials near weak and vulnerable embankments, watch and ward arrangement at weak embankments and also directed the concerned officials to ensure that food materials, essential commodities, emergency supplies, safe drinking water, medicines for humans and animals are pre-positioned

He directed district Collectors officials and engineering departments to be in readiness for tackling floods and immediate restoration of essential services. He further directed the Chief Secretary to review all the preparedness and brief him on preparedness every week.

“Last year our State witnessed severe drought affecting more than 29,000 villages in 233 blocks of 27 districts. My Government has provided Rs 862 crore to Collectors for disbursement of agriculture input subsidy to affected farmers. Directed Collectors to complete disbursement by 31st July, 2016,” observed Patnaik.

Almost all the Ministers, MLAs and Leader and Opposition were present in the meeting.

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