Preparedness for cyclonic storm “HUD-HUD”


08.10.2014 – As per the latest information received from India Meteorological Department (IMD), the deep depression over north Andaman Sea intensified into a Cyclonic Storm ‘HUD HUD’ and lay centred at 8.30 hrs over north Andaman Sea close to Long Island. After crossing the Long Island, the system would continue to move west-northwestwards, intensify further into a severe cyclonic storm during next 24 hours and subsequently into a very severe cyclonic storm during subsequent 36 hours. The system would cross north coastal Andhra Pradesh and South Odisha coast between Visakhapatnam and Goplapur around noon of 12th October 2014.
A meeting was held under the chairmanship of the Chief Secretary in the forenoon today (08.10.2014) to take stock of the situation and status of preparedness for the impending Cyclonic Storm “HUD HUD”. Elaborate discussion on different measures to be taken by different Departments/ organisations was discussed in the meeting. Among others, Development Commissioner, Additional Chief Secretary, Finance Department, Additional Chief Secretary, Revenue & DM Department, Director General of Police, Secretaries of the Departments of Energy ,Fisheries & Animal Resources Development, Food Supplies & Consumer Welfare, Health & Family Welfare, Home ,Housing & Urban Development, Panchayati Raj, Water Resources, Director, Women & Child Development, Additional Director General of Police, Law & Order, Additional Director General of Police, Fire Services, Commandant, NDRF 3rd Battalion, Mundali attended the said meeting.
Hon’ble Chief Minister also reviewed the situation and the preparedness measures in a high level meeting.
Instructions have been issued to various departments of the Governments as well as the Collectors to take the following immediate measures:
• Control rooms in different departments and the district offices shall be immediately activated to function round the clock. The Departments shall ensure that their field officers are in position. Officers on leave shall be called back to duty forthwith.
• ODRAF and NDRF forces as well as teams of Fire services shall be deployed in advance to the areas likely to be affected by the cyclone and associated floods to carry out search & rescue operations and assist in evacuation operations.
• The Government will strive for ZERO CASUALTY. Collectors of the district likely to be affected must immediately prepare and keep the evacuation plan in respect of their districts ready, giving highest priority to most vulnerable villages/ habitations.
• Special care must be taken to shift the old, infirm, physically challenged, women and children to safer places and cyclone shelters much before the occurrence of the disaster.
• All cyclone and flood shelters shall be immediately checked and made ready to house the evacuees. The water supply, lighting and sanitation arrangements in the shelters shall be checked and curative measures taken, if any required.
• Immediate steps shall be taken to conduct mock drill in every cyclone and flood shelter. All equipment in the shelters shall be put to test run and the defective ones shall be repaired immediately.
• Other buildings as per requirement should also be identified by the district administration for use as shelter where water supply, lighting and sanitation arrangements are to be made.
• Proper arrangements must be in place to take care of the basic requirements of the evacuees especially food, medicine, light and water, etc. at the shelter places.
• As flood is always associated with cyclone, necessary boat arrangements must be made in advance to take up rescue and relief operations for likely flood.
• The water level of dams and MIPs must be carefully monitored and the storage level reduced if required. Further, rainfall in the upstreams of the rivers may be monitored regularly.
• Arrangements must be made for pre-positioning adequate food materials including baby food for the affected people.
• Availability of sufficient food stuff in hostels of all residential schools of ST & SC Development Department and other Departments in the cyclone prone areas shall be ensured by the Collectors and the Departments concerned.
• FS&CW Department shall ensure adequate stock of POL in the districts likely to be affected by the cyclone.
• Supply of safe drinking water to the people in affected areas is very important. Concerned departments must take measures to run the pumps with generators in absence of electricity and make adequate arrangement for supply of portable water through tankers and in pouches in affected areas including the shelter places.
• Stocking of required medicines and arrangements for deployment of mobile medical teams has to be ensured
• Advance arrangements must also be made to take care of cattle health and supply of cattle feed for the affected cattle population.
• Immediate restoration of road communication for movement of relief materials to the affected areas is very important. Works, RD Panchayati Raj and H&UD Departments must make necessary advance arrangements for the same. Earthmovers and other road clearing machines available with industrial houses, PSUs and Private organisations and individuals should be requisitioned in advance with their operators.
• Similar advance arrangements must be made for restoration of power supply in case of breakdown.
• As the power supply is likely to be cut off during the peak period of cyclone, all offices should make their back-up power arrangement for that period. Generators available in different offices including health institutions should be immediately checked and adequate fuel stored.
• All fishermen in the sea may be advised to immediately come back to shore as per the advice of IMD before rough weather approaches.
• Proper police arrangement must be made for maintenance of law and order to check stealing/ loot of public properties, relief materials which are usually on rise in the immediate aftermath of the cyclone.
• Steps shall be taken to disseminate correct information about the upcoming cyclone among the people with advice not to panic.
Further, it has been decided to review the situation and the status of preparedness in a meeting to be held under the chairmanship of the Chief Secretary at 9.30 AM everyday.
The Collectors of most of the districts have in the meantime convened emergency meeting and finalised their response plan.


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