Heavy rain forecast: Odisha govt puts collectors of coastal dists on alert

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Bhubaneswar: In view of heavy rainfall forecast in coastal districts of Odisha for three days, the state government on Sunday put collectors of concerned districts on alert to tackle any eventuality.

As a precautionary measure, Joint Special Relief Commissioner Pravat Ranjan Mohapatra asked the collectors of the concerned districts to remain alert for the possible rain.

“A low pressure area is likely to form over west-central and adjoining northwest Bay of Bengal during next 24 hours. Under its influence enhanced rainfall activity is likely over coastal Odisha from October 28 (night) to October 30,” the India Meteorological Department (IMD) regional centre said.

During the period, heavy rainfall at isolated places is likely to occur over districts of Ganjam, Puri, Jagatsinghpur, Cuttack, Kendrapara, Jajpur, Bhadrak and Balasore. The collectors in these districts have been asked to remain alert.

In a related development, Odisha government directed all concerned deputy directors of fisheries and coastal districts fishery officers to ensure cent percent return of those fishing boats and vessels which had left for sea earlier by today immediately due to cyclonic weather forecast.

They have been asked to contact the boat/ trawler owners and make contact with the boat crew for their immediate return. No fishing trawlers or boats are allowed to leave for fishing in sea.

They have been asked to contact the Coast guard and request them to send back those vessels which may be plying in the sea for their safe return to base.

They have been asked to proceed to the coastal districts to oversee the implementation of the SOP and above directions without fail.

All necessary measures and steps have to be taken to safeguard the lives of fishermen and fishing crew due to adverse weather forecast.

Director Fisheries have been told to closely oversee and ensure the implementation of the SoP and directions for achieving zero casualty.

The government has asked them to treat this as urgent and take follow up action immediately.

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