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Flood threat: Preparations in place for evacuation in Odisha

Bhubaneswar, July 24: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Monday took stock of the flood preparedness at the State Secretariat here and asked officials to evacuate people inundated in low lying areas to safer places well in advance.

Asking the officials to be fully prepared to effectively deal with the situation, the Chief Minister directed for immediate provision for free kitchen for evacuated people.

Patnaik asked the officers to deploy mobile patrolling teams to watch and protect the weak and vulnerable river embankments in flood prone areas.

The Chief Minister directed for deployment of required number of Disaster Response Forces of ODRAF, NDRF and fire services along with boats and other equipment in areas likely to be affected by flood to carry out rescue and relief operations.

Stressing on effective coordination between different line departments, Patnaik directed the Health and Family Welfare, Panchayati Raj and Drinking Water, Housing and Urban Development departments to ensure supply of safe drinking water and medical care to prevent outbreak of any water borne disease.

It was revealed in meeting that due to rising water levels in the Baitarani river, villages under 12 blocks of Jajpur, Keonjhar and Bhadrak are likely to affected.

The administrations of the three districts have kept a close eye on the flood situation.

A total of 59 flood shelters including 43 in Bhadrak and 12 in Jajpur have been opened to accommodate people expected to be evacuated from low lying areas. Four teams ODRAF have been deployed in the districts.

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