Bhubaneswar: Chief Secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi directed Principal Secretaries and Secretaries of all departments to focus on expeditious mitigation of the effects the very heavy rain & flash flood in the aftermath of the severe cyclone Titli.
Padhi gave this direction while presiding over All Secretaries Meeting held in secretariat conference hall today. Additional Chief Secretary Tuhin Kanta Pandey apprised that government treasuries would remain open on Saturday and Sunday for disaster-related transactions.
The Chief Secretary directed concerned secretaries to speed up the emergency operations in the matters of providing relief, health & sanitation measures, and restoration of water and power supply. Secretaries were also asked to take all proactive steps for early restoration of normalcy. Chief Secretary further directed to start rehabilitation operations simultaneously with relief and restoration works.
The flash flood in Aska and Purusottampur areas of Ganjam district caused by very heavy rainfall prominently figured in the meeting. Considering the marooned situation, it was decided to ask for 2 navy helicopters from Vishakhapatnam for rescue and relief operations in the area.
Special Relief Commissioner Bishnupada Sethi appraised that as per first-hand reports, around 503 GPs and 3250 villages in 22 blocks and 18 ULBs of various districts have been affected by heavy to very heavy rainfall. Around 125 GPs and 367 villages in Ganjam district have been very seriously affected. There has been heavy damage to the crops, houses and public infrastructure. As of now, 14 NDRF and 12 ODRF teams have been deployed in the affected areas for rescue and relief operation.
In the meanwhile, the roadblock created by the trees uprooted by Titli has been cleared up. Energy Department Secretary Hemant Kumar Sharma appraised that restoration of power supply is being done on ‘emergency mode’.
Out of around 5.5 lakh consumers affected in Ganjam district, the power supply has been restored to around 3 lakh consumers. Sharma further appraised that the power supply to other consumers in Ganjam district except Aska and Purusottampur areas would be restored within 48 hours.
Health Secretary Pramod Kumar Meherda informed that emergency medicines have been stored in affected areas and mobile health camps are being organized in those places. Principal Secretary of Women & Child Development Anu Garg detailed the actions taken for safety and care of expecting and nursing mothers. As per available data, the rainfall has gone up to 351 mm in Kantapada and 319 mm in G. Udayagiri areas. More than 200 mm rainfall has been recorded at many places in Ganjam and Gajpati districts.