Berhampur, Oct 12 (LocalWire): The Gajapati administration shifted around 500 persons of at least twelve hill-top and landslide prone villages in Ananga panchayat of R Udayagiri block on Monday as rain started to lash the Odisha – Andhra Pradesh border district under the influence of the depression over Bay of Bengal.
The shifted persons have been housed in the school at Bhuyan, about five-km from their villages and a free kitchen has been provided to them, sources said.
Similarly, nearly 130 families of four hilltop villages in Rayagada block have been shifted to the newly constructed colonies in the plain areas, keeping in view the heavy rains, sources added
The Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) has issued yellow and orange warnings for Ganjam and Gajapati districts on Monday and Tuesday predicting heavy and very heavy rainfall under the influence of the depression.
Squally weather with surface wind speed reaching 45-55 kmph, gusting to 65 kmph is very likely to prevail in the districts, the Met department warned.
“Though the district has not experienced heavy rainfall, we have started shifting the people from the vulnerable villages to safer and plain areas as a precautionary measure,” said Gajapati collector Anupam Saha.
The district administration has identified as many as 81 vulnerable villages in five blocks. The villagers will be shifted to the safer places if and when required in case of heavy rainfall, he said.
“We have already alerted the villagers to be ready to shift if and when needed. Nodal officers and vehicles have already been deployed in demarcated areas to shift the people to safer places,” said collector.
“We have taken all the precautionary measures and are prepared to face any eventuality,” said collector.