Bhubaneswar : Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) has given shelter and served cooked food to 85,000 people, who were evacuated from vulnerable pockets across the city before and during the severe cyclonic storm Fani, which hit the city today during pre-noon hours.
BMC has opened 132 temporary cyclone shelters in the city with adequate lighting, safe drinking water, habitable rooms, and power backup with standby generator, clean toilets, care for people with special need, sanitation teams to oversee toilets and cleanliness in each cyclone shelter, medical kit, and support by ASHA staff.
BMC has given shelters to more than 691 pregnant women in the temporary cyclone shelters in different locations across the state capital. Physically challenged persons and destitute were also given shelter and served food at the temporary cyclone shelters.
MULTI-AGENCY CONTROL ROOM
The multi-agency control room since its inception on May 1, received 180 complaints till 5.30 pm today. It received 127 complaints of various nature i.e. road block due to falling of trees, water logging and damage to electric poles in different locations across the city today.
While there were more than 95 distress calls on tree falling, more than 19 calls were there for damaged electric poles. For drainage related issues, it received more than 10 complaints till 5.30 pm.
The multi-agency control room, which started its work from May 1 evening comprises officials from BMC, BDA, Odisha Fire Service, Commissionerate Police, Bhubaneswar Smart City Limited, Works Department , Revenue and Disaster Mitigation, PHEO, Sewerage Board, Energy Department and agencies like NDRF
100 personnel from NDRF were deployed across the city and they were given barracks at Reserve Police Ground and BMC Jatri Nivas. Odisha Fire Service has deployed 120 personnel across the city to carry out the relief and rescue operations during Fani
While the entry to the Ghatikia pumping station was totally blocked by uprooted trees, the Old Airport Road near the Indian Meteorology Department (IMD) office was blocked for some time due to the same reason. The NDRF team cleared the locations. A large number of trees were also uprooted in Unit IV area between Assembly guest house and Kar Clinic. The road was later cleared by Fire Service personnel.
In a house collapse near Nilakanthanagar eight people were trapped and later rescued by Fire Service Personnel. A similar request also came from Dhirikuti Basti.
Works Secretary Dr. Krishan Kumar, MD and CEO of Bhubaneswar Smart City Limited Vineel Krishna, Vice-Chairman BDA Balwant Singh and BMC Commissioner Samarth Verma are monitoring the evacuation, relief and rescue operations in the state capital. Senior officials of all city agencies and line departments are working in a team.