Cyclone Amphan in the Bay of Bengal: More than 7 lakh people are likely to be affected

As the news hurdles over Keisha of the cyclone, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik strives to ensure that every life is safe from the storm that covers the Bay of Bengal, affecting the Coastal districts.

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The predicted number to be affected by this is around seven lakh people in 649 villages along the sea coast by the state government.

“IMD has informed that a cyclonic system has formed within the Bay of Bengal. It is likely to affect the Odisha coast during May 18-20. As always, saving lives is our priority. We should put our greatest efforts to save lots of every precious human life,” said the Chief Minister. He ensured the safety with 12 district collectors and senior officials through video-conferencing call.

NDRF, ODRAF and fire service personnel may be posted in prone locations. “We have faced many very severe cyclones like Phailin, Hudhud, Titli, Foni and Bulbul and managed successfully. I appeal to the people to not panic and cooperate with the administration,” he added.
Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) Pradeep Jena said the state government is ready to face the occurring of the cyclone. Union Cabinet secretary Rajiv Gauba and chief secretary Asit Tripathy reviewed that over video conferencing call.

“As per the anticipated path of the cyclone till now, around seven lakh people in 649 villages along the ocean coast are likely to be severely affected. The standing crop in lakhs of hectors particularly, ripe summer paddy, pulses and oilseeds, cashew, mango, coconut and vegetables are likely to be damaged within the heavy rainfall and wind,” said the chief secretary.

“Around 403 cyclone shelters are identified within the world likely to be affected by the cyclone. Around 105 of such shelters are currently getting used as temporary medical camps and quarantine centres for Covid care,” he added.

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