Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik directed concerned departments to make enhanced preparedness at all levels during monsoon

Bhubaneswar: Keeping in view the IMD prediction of a normal monsoon and, thereby, possibility of floods, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Saturday directed concerned departments to make enhanced preparedness at all levels to meet any eventuality.

He also wanted that all preparedness be made to contain any drought situation that might happen during farming period. The Chief Minister issued these directions at the State Level Natural Calamity Committee meeting here on the day.

Patnaik asked the Water Resources Department to close all breaches in river embankments and the Odisha Disaster Rapid Action Force and Fire Service Organisation to stay alert with boats and other rescue equipment.

Pre-positioning of adequate food materials must be done by the Food Supplies and Consumer Welfare Department, he said. He directed the Rural Development and Housing and Urban Development Departments to make necessary prior arrangements for the supply of safe drinking water.

The Health and Family Welfare Department must take care of health and hygiene in flood-hit areas in order to prevent outbreak of epidemic. Fisheries and Animal Resources Department should take similar steps for the bovine population.

He wanted that sufficient temporary shelter materials be kept in vulnerable districts. He said all departments should remain in utmost readiness for immediate restoration of public utilities.

On the occasion, the Chief Minister released an atlas titled “Flood Hazard Atlas for Odisha”, prepared by the National Remote Sensing Centre, ISRO, Hyderabad.

“The Atalas will help in identifying vulnerable plans and making proper plans to contain the situation,” said the Chief Minister.