Heavy rainfall: 5 Odisha districts put on alert

Bhubaneswar: In view of the heavy to very heavy rainfall forecast for Malkangiri, Koraput, Nabarangpur, Kalahandi and Nuapada districts of Odisha, Special Relief Commissioner Bishnupada Sethi has issued advisory to all concerned Collectors to be prepared to meet any eventuality.

The Collectors have been directed to keep administrative machinery prepared to meet any possible situation that may arise in the event of extremely/very heavy rainfall. The SRC has directed to shift inmates of hostels of residential schools and welfare institutions, which are likely to be inundated/affected, to safe shelters.

“Advance arrangements may be made for providing adequate food, safe drinking water, lightning, health and sanitation facilities at all shelters/relief camps,” the SRC wrote in a letter to the Collectors.

“Officials of other departments must also remain prepared for any relief work. Other districts are advised closely watch the situation and take appropriate steps, as may be necessary,” he added.

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