Bhubaneswar: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today directed the officials to remain alert and prepare to face any eventualities during June to October for possible natural calamities like flood and cyclone.
Presiding over a meeting of the state-level natural disaster management committee on virtual mode, Mr Patnaik said June to October is very important for the state as during this period natural calamities like flood and cyclone will occur.
Keeping the possible calamities in view, the Chief Minister directed officials to review the disaster management system and remain prepared to face the situation.
Mr Patnaik said everything including the advanced information system, rescue and relief programme, drinking water supply and health care arrangement should be kept ready.
The ODRAF and Fire Brigade personnel should also be alerted to take immediate steps, he said and directed to stock an adequate quantity of food in inaccessible areas, keep the control rooms open 24×7.
The Chief Minister said pregnant women, disabled, widows, mentally challenged and senior citizens should be given focus and priority during relief and rescue operations.
Mr Patnaik advised the officials to initiate steps for immediate repair of infrastructure and restoration of livelihood.
The Chief Minister stressed the involvement of the community in disaster management.
The state government, he said, has taken a decision to introduce disaster management in education, train government officials and people representatives on disaster management.
The Chief Minister said Odisha has been appreciated by the world community for successfully handling various natural calamities even during the covid pandemic.
Stating that every life is precious, Mr Patnaik said the disaster management policy is being implemented to minimise the impact of the disaster.
The Chief Minister said Odisha is one of the states in the country prone to natural calamities like flood, cyclone and drought.
The natural calamities are occurring frequently with more intensity due to climate change, he said adding during 2020-21, the state faced the cyclone Amphan and Yaas.
Odisha, he said had appraised the Central government on the requirement of the huge fund to find a permanent solution to face the recurrence of cyclone in the state.