Bhubaneswar: The State Government on Thursday asked all district Collectors to remain prepared for any possible flooding and waterlogging in view of heavy rainfall forecast.
The Regional Office of the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) here predicted heavy downpours in several districts in the next three days. While a Red Warning was issued for four districts, six districts were issued an Orange Warning by the IMD.
“The Collectors of the districts under red and orange warning are directed to keep the administrative machinery fully prepared to meet any possible flood or water-logging, landslide that may arise in the event of intense rainfall,” stated Special Relief Commissioner Pradeep Jena in a letter to the Collectors.
He asked them to make advance arrangements to evacuate people from vulnerable locations to safe shelters and provide adequate food, drinking water, lighting, health and sanitation facilities. The districts of Ganjam, Kalahandi, Kandhamal and Nabarangpur were issued a Red Warning by the weather office.
The Met Office issued an Orange Warning for Gajapati, Puri, Koraput, Balangir, Rayagada and Nuapada districts. A Yellow Warning was issued for isolated places in the districts of Gajapati, Malkangiri, Khordha, Nayagarh, Boudh, Subarnapur, Bargarh, Jagatsinghpur, Cuttack and Kendrapada till Friday morning.
Fishermen were asked not to venture into the sea along and off the Odisha coast and west-central adjoining northeast Bay of Bengal till Saturday.