Bhubaneswar: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Tuesday directed the officials to remain alert to face a possible summer cyclone.
Patnaik gave the direction after IMD predicted that a cyclonic circulation is likely to develop over the southeast Bay of Bengal around May 6.
It said a low pressure area is likely to form over the same region under the influence of the cyclonic circulation during the subsequent 48 hours.
Reviewing the situation in view of the possibility of the formation of a low pressure in South Bay of Bengal, the Chief Minister asked the officials to remain alert.
Reminding about the Cyclonic storm Phani, Patnaik asked the officials to make all preparations in advance to counter the possible summer cyclone.
The Chief Minister said the assessment of the cyclone which comes in summer is very difficult. In 2019 the Phani cyclonic storm which hit the state had caused widespread damages in the state.
He advised all departments of the state government, NDRF, ODAF and Fire Brigade to remain alert in advance and to shift people residing near the coast and in low lying areas to cyclone shelters for their safety.
The Chief Minister also advised officials to stock required medicines and equipment in advance and to chalk out plans in advance for the rescue, rehabilitation and relief operation.
The state Chief Secretary was asked to review the situation regularly and the SRC to keep a strict vigil on the situation and to work in coordination with all departments concerned.
Chief Secretary P K Jena said since the summer cyclone has the maximum impact, the government has followed its zero causality policy for the last few years and achieved success.
He said regular review is going on and all departments and all district Collectors have been directed to remain alert. Around 1000 cyclone shelters are kept ready. In addition to it schools and other safe shelters have also been identified.
SRC Satyabrata Sahu said it is just a preparatory meeting. He asked the people not to be panicked as the IMD has not yet confirmed about the cyclone and it is only a prediction.