Berhampur, Dec 17 (LocalWire) As a preventive measure against possible rains under the influence of Cyclone Phethai, the Gajapati district administration has started shifting over 11,600 people in all seven blocks to the safer places from Sunday night.
Families, whose houses were damaged in Cyclone Titli in October, and those residing in the vulunrable areas have been shifted.
“The shifting process is underway,” said district collector Anupam Saha.
“People are being rehabilitated at 174 school and anganwardi centres,” he said
Free kitchen is being provided to them from Sunday night, he said.
The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has forecast mild to moderate to heavy rain from Monday in southern Odisha districts, including Ganjam and Gajapati, under the influence of the severe cyclonic storm, which is likely to make landfall in adjoining Andhra Pradesh in the afternoon.
Cyclone Titli-affected people in Gajapati district are in a grip of panic following the warning of fresh cyclone.
A nodal officer has been appointed in each block to oversee the situation during the rains.
Saha said all godowns of Regulatory Marketing Cooperative Society (RMCS) have been opened and farmers have been asked to stock their crops to save them getting destroyed in the rains.
“We have made all arrangements to meet any eventuality,” he said.