Bhubaneswar: Special Relief Commissioner, Odisha, Pradeep Kumar Jena on Wednesday directed all district collectors and Municipal Commissioners to remain prepared for monsoon after Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) warned of heavy rainfall in Odisha from June 10 to 14.
Issuing a set of precautionary measures, the SRC directed the district and municipal authorities to gear up for situations like flash flood, landslides, water-logging and any other eventuality in the wake of very heavy rains across the state.
Odisha is likely to receive widespread rainfall with isolated heavy to very heavy and isolated extremely heavy rain due to a low pressure area over North Bay of Bengal and neighbourhood.
Urban Local Bodies have been instructed to make advance arrangements for dewatering from areas that are likely to face water logging.
The SRC has asked the control rooms of all the offices dealing with flood and disaster management must operate round the clock with adequate manpower.
With the possibility of landslides in hilly areas, the field-level functionaries have been asked to be in readiness to meet any eventuality. Districts prone to landslides have been asked to take special precautionary measures to prevent damage and make arrangements for evacuating people from vulnerable areas, the SRC letter stated.
Jena has also asked all cyclone and flood shelters to be kept in readiness to evacuate people from in kutcha houses and low-lying areas. The engineers in charge have been directed to keep close watch over the embankments, particularly vulnerable points in rivers and canals.