In view of the forecast of heavy rains on October 19 and 20 due to a fresh low pressure over the Bay of Bengal, the Ganjam district administration on Satur held an emergency meeting to take stock of preparedness and asked its staffs not to leave headquarters till the end of this month.
Ganjam Collector Vijay Amruta Kulange directed the line departments and Revenue Department to be prepared to ensure zero casualty.
He stated that damages are likely to occur due to incessant rains; and hence, the officials must be ready to meet any eventuality.
All water bodies in the district have been swelling due to heavy rains last week.
The damages due to another low pressure would be severe, the Collector said and asked officials to keep enough stocks of relief materials in different parts of the district.
He directed the Sub-Collectors to be in touch with Sarpanches as part of the preparations and asked the Swayam Siddha, Covid Monitor and Covid Sakhi volunteers to remain alert.
Besides, the officials and volunteers were asked to download ‘zoom’ app to discuss the situation if need arises.
It was decided in the meeting that movement of people and vehicles would be stopped on bridges and low-lying areas that are susceptible to flood.