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IMD forecasts heavy rainfall in Odisha, authorities asked to take precautionary measures

Following the weather department’s forecast of heavy rain in Odisha between June 10 and June 14, authorities in the state have been asked to take precautionary measures to prevent any damage to life and property.

IMD forecasts heavy rainfall in Odisha, authorities asked to take precautionary measures

According to IMD’s forecast, southwest monsoon is likely to advance into entire Odisha during the next two to three days. (Photo: PTI)

India Meteorological Department (IMD) centre in Bhubaneswar has forecasted heavy rainfall in the state as the monsoon flow strengthens over the Bay of Bengal and the associated clouds become more organised.

The weather department said that a low pressure area is likely to form over the North Bay of Bengal and its neighbourhood around June 11, accelerating the advance of southwest monsoon into West Bengal, Odisha, Bihar, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, and Sikkim

According to the forecast by Indian Meteorological Department (IMD), southwest monsoon is likely to advance into entire Odisha during the next two to three days.

IMD warned that thunderstorms with moderate to severe lightning activity and heavy rainfall is likely to occur in several parts of Odisha between June 10 and June 14.

ALSO READ: Low pressure area likely to form over Bay of Bengal on June 11, fishermen issued warning

Following IMD’s forecast, Special Relief Commissioner P K Jena on Wednesday issued a letter directed to all Collectors and Municipal Commissioners, apprising them of the situation and asking them to be prepared beforehand.

In the letter, the SRC directed the concerned authorities to take following precautionary measures to prevent any damage to life and property:

  • The Control Rooms of all the offices dealing with flood and disaster management must operate on 24×7 basis.
  • The field level functionaries are to be in ready to meet any eventuality, including possibility of landslides in hilly areas. District administrations of landslide-prone districts have been asked to take special precautionary measures to prevent damage and to make arrangements for evacuating people from vulnerable areas, if required.
  • All cyclone and flood shelters should be kept in readiness in all respects to evacuate people from kutcha houses and hut and low-lying areas.
  • The engineers in charge should keep a close watch over the embankments, especially weak and vulnerable points in rivers and canals.
  • Flood fighting materials should be kept ready at strategic places and immediate action should be taken to prevent any breach or to close the breach, damage of roads, if any.
  • Immediate steps are to be taken to clear the drainage channels for free flow of flood and rain water.
  • Urban Local Bodies have been instructed to make advance arrangements for dewatering from the areas likely to face water logging.
  • Local Fire personnel have been instructed to be in readiness with boat and other equipment for search, rescue and relief operation.
  • Necessary traffic movement may be restricted in vulnerable points like breach areas.
  • The officials have been asked to ensure that Covid-19 protocols, which include wearing face masks and maintaining social distance, are followed during evacuation.
  • Fishermen have been advised not to venture into the deep sea from June 11 to 14. Those who are in the deep sea area are advised to return to the coast by evening of June 10.
  • Necessary steps may be taken to advise farmers for protecting their standing crops.
  • Arrangements for immediate restoration of essential services like power, telecommunication, roads, etc.
  • Local police have been instructed to take steps to restrict the movement of people in flood risk roads and areas.

ALSO READ: Heavy rain, water-logging disrupt life in Mumbai; IMD issues ‘orange alert’ for next four days | 10 points
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