First December cyclone in 130 years: Odisha gears up for Cyclone Jawad

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Ashis Senapati

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Down To Earth

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A round-the-clock control room has already been set up in the office of Odisha State Disaster Management Authority (OSDMA) in Bhubaneswar. Officials of Ganjam, Puri, Balasore, Bhadrak, Jagatsinghpur and Kendrapara districts are on high alert.

District collectors have been told to take all necessary measures to deal with the situation. As many as 879 floods and cyclone shelters in the coastal pockets have been readied to house villagers, said Satyabrat Padhi, capacity building coordinator, OSDMA.

Around nine years ago, Odisha State Disaster Mitigation Authority identified 328 villages situated within 1.5 km of the coastline in six coastal districts.

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The state government installed 162 alert siren towers in different locations of the coastal pockets. The system is equipped with both ways of communication systems by Digital Mobile Radio handset.

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