Bhubaneswar, September 7 (LocalWire): The state government has geared up its disaster control machinery in 12 districts to meet with the exigencies of a possible flood, water-logging and landslide with a low-pressure area lying over north Odisha and its neighbourhood with associated cyclonic circulation extending up to 7.6 km above the mean sea level.
The State Meteorological Centre has issued a red warning for Sonepur, Bargarh, Sambalpur and Jharsuguda districts till Sunday.
Heavy to very heavy rainfall is likely to occur at few places with extremely heavy rainfall at isolated places over these districts that may result into a flood in low lying areas, cause damage kutcha houses and disruption in road communication.
Similarly, weathermen have issued an orange warning for Sundargarh, Keonjhar, Deogarh, Angul, Boudh, Balangir, Nuapada and Nabarangpur districts.
Heavy rainfall is likely to take place at some places of these districts, the meteorological office stated.
With the state Meteorological Centre issuing a red and orange warning in these 12 districts, the administrations are taking no chances.
A red alert is the strongest warning issued to officials directing them to take action, while an orange alert asks district officials to be prepared for a severe situation.
“Apprehension of possible flood, water-logging and landslide looms large.
Therefore, the government agencies are on high alert to meet with any exigencies,” the office of Special Relief Commissioner informed.
As the condition of the sea is likely to be unsteady and rough, fishermen have been advised not to venture into the sea.
There are reports of sea-bound fishermen from coastal districts suspending their sea voyage and returning to safety after the weather warning was issued on Thursday.
Fire service, ODRAF (Odisha Disaster Rapid Action Force) and NDRF have been kept in a state of readiness for deployment for search and rescue operation to counter the emergency situation.
The emergency department wings in all the districts are functioning round-the-clock in view of the weather warning.