Jagatsinghpur, May 2 (LocalWire): The district administration has evacuated 25,000 people from eight blocks and two municipality areas of Jagatsinghpur district and relocated them to relief camps and cyclone shelters.
Relief materials have also been sent to prepare for relief, rescue and rehabilitation.
Collector Guha Poonam Tapas Kumar said, ‘All BDOs and executive officer have been asked to relocate people from vulnerable areas.
Till evening, nearly 25000 people have been shifted to safer places. Evacuation will continue till mid night. People will be housed at cyclone shelters, schools, anganwadis, colleges and other government buildings.
We are trying to avoid any casualty and therefore, people living in thatched houses will be forcibly evacuated. Food, free kitchen, drinking water, electricity, health services have been already started at cyclone shelters.’
The administration has taken the help of police to shift villagers forcefully to avoid any human loss.
NDRF, ODRF, fire brigade and coast guard are also stationed in different locations.
BDO and civil supply officials have been pressed into service to alert petrol pumps to stock fuel and to avert rise of essential commodities by unscrupulous traders.
Similarly, steps have been taken to stock generators to supply safe drinking water through 255 pipe water projects and 40 water tanks while 2.5 lakh water pouches have been kept in stock. Relief material and free kitchens have been stocked up to provide food to the evacuated people.
Some other coastal villages have also been kept on high alert and people have been asked to shift to nearby cyclone shelters and primary schools today evening.
The higher education commissioner cum secretary, Saswat Mishra, has stressed on clearing the roads after the cyclone dissipates and removal of the debris at the earliest and also advised the administration to keep ready equipment and man power to clear the roads as soon as possible.
After obtaining permission from the EC, the EVMs have been shifted to the first floor of SVM College, Jagatsinghpur where they were kept inside the strong room.