Heavy rain lashes Odisha, CM alerts District administrations

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Bhubaneswar: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Saturday called an emergency meeting at the State secretariat here and took stock of the situation in the wake of severe water-logging in many parts of the state due incessant rainfall in last 24 hrs.

“The Chief Minster directed the collectors to ensure round-the-clock functioning of the district Emergency Operation Centres (EOC) and instruct field functionaries to remain present at their respective headquarters and respond to emergency situations,  All the concerned officials have been instructed to be present in headquarters,” said Odisha Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) Bishnupada Sethi after the meeting.

Patnaik also directed the Urban Development Department and district administrations to use high powered pumps to drain out rain water and take adequate measures to mitigate water-logging problem, he stated .

Keeping in view the intensity of rainfall, the Chief Minister also ordered all the fire service teams, ODRAF teams and police personnel to be on high alert, added Sethi  saying currently, as many as 317 fire services teams and several ODRAF teams have been deployed at different places in the state.

Due to low pressure over west Bay of Bengal heavy rain lashed most parts of Odisha last night. Nabarangpur District recorded 227mm rainfall during last 24 hours. Many localities in Cuttack, Bhubaneswar and Puri have been waterlogged.

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