Stay prepared, CM orders officials

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Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Friday urged authorities to step up preparations for the possibilities of natural calamities in the coming months in the state.

Citing that there is a high frequency of natural calamities between June and October, Patnaik said there was a need to step up preparations. Special attention should be given to pregnant women, the physically and mentally handicapped, children, widows and the elderly, Patnaik said while chairing a meeting of the state-level disaster management committee.

The meeting was held virtually today and included Revenue and Disaster Management Minister Pramilla Mallick, other MPs and officials.

Reiterating that “every life is precious”, Patnaik asked the state administrator to prepare for all possible disasters. The Chief Minister also directed officials to ensure that all emergency response systems, drinking water systems, health and animal care systems are well prepared and maintained.

Congress MP Narasingha Mishra has urged the state government to come up with a plan after holding detailed consultations with experts and technicians on climate change and its impact on Odisha.

At present, there are 879 cyclone shelters and already work is underway for another 55 cyclone shelters in the state. Efforts are also underway for the construction of disaster-resistant houses in the coastal districts.

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