Kendrapara, May 18 (LocalWire): Hundreds of seaside villagers of the district have started heading towards safe areas as pre-monsoon cyclone Amphan is moving towards the coast.
“We have made arrangements to evacuate seaside villagers of Mahakalapada and Rajnagar from the vulnerable areas by 19th May,” said Samarth Verma, the collector of Kendrapara.
“The coastal areas of the district are regularly hit by major cyclones and everyone is taking this threat extremely seriously and making sure the right measures are in place to mitigate the impact.
117 cyclone shelters apart from many buildings are now ready to shelter the people. Two teams of NDRF and ODRAF have been deployed in the district,” added Verma.
Seaside villages of Mahakalapada and Rajnagar blocks could face the worst of a tidal surge and heavy rains for which, large numbers of people living in low-lying areas were relocated to cyclone shelters, schools, colleges and other safer places on May 18.
“We have deployed power boats for relief and evacuation. We are using loudspeakers to warn people of the impending danger.
The authorities have also stockpiled dry food, rice and kept medical teams and ambulances on standby and shifted many sick and pregnant women from the villages to hospitals,” said Verma.
The Gram Panchayats of Satabhaya, Gupti, Talachua, Rangani, Pentha, Jamboo, Kharinashi, Kansarabadadandua, Suninti are on high alert.