Paradip, October 10 (Local Wire) Nearly 860 people in Paradip, Erasama and other areas of Jagatsinghpur district have been evacuated to safer places with ‘Titli’ turning into a “very severe” cyclone.
In the wake of the ‘Titli’ cyclone, the district administration has been initiated steps to evacuate thousands of people from eight blocks of this district to take shelter at nearby cyclone shelters.
In Paradip, Kujang, Erasama areas, about 500 villages are likely to be affected due to Titli, and hence the district administration has made elaborate arrangements to shift more than 5,000 people to cyclone shelters.
Collector Yamini Sarangi said the local administration alerted all BDOs of the eight blocks and asked to make arrangements to relocate families from vulnerable areas.
Till evening, nearly 860 people have been shifted to safer places and this process will continue till midnight.
Officials have been pressed to shift the people of low lying and need-based areas to shift safer places.
Expect the villagers of Naugaon, the people of vulnerable villages of seven blocks, have been shifted to safer places, the collector added.
The local administration has been taken help of police to shift the villagers to cyclone shelters and other camps forcefully in Naugaon, Erasama, and other areas, if necessary, to avoid any human loss.
NDRF, ODRF, fire brigadiers, Indian Coast Guard are stationed in different locations of this district and boats have already been pressed into service to take up rescue operations.
BDO and civil supply officials have been pressed into service to alert petrol pumps to stock fuel during calamities.
ADM, Jagatsinghpur Sachidanada Sahu has been stationed at Jagatsinghpur and Biridi block, while project director, DRDA Biswajit Das for Raghunathpur and Tirtol, AD, Paradip Kanhu Charan Dhir for Kujang and Erasama, sub-collector Mahendra Prasad Mohanty have been stationed Balikuda and Naugaon to see the preparedness for the cyclone.