KENDRAPARA: Kendrapara administration is on its toes to evacuate around three lakh people residing in seaside villages of the district, in wake of the impending cyclone.
Apparently, 45 seaside villages in the district have been identified that are most vulnerable. Residents of these villages have been asked to move to safer places, said Collector, Pramod Kumar Das.
As the coastal parts of the district are prone to cyclone, the district administration is taking no chances. “We are making sure that all the relief and rescue measures are in place,” said the Collector, adding that authorities are prepared for any exigency and sufficient manpower and equipment have been deployed to deal with any situation.
Kendrapara’s culture of preparedness is largely born out of the devastating cyclone in 1971 that claimed around 10,000 lives in the seaside villages of Rajnagar and Mahakalapada blocks. When Super Cyclone struck in 1999, people joined hands to evacuate thousands of residents from disaster prone areas thereby saving countless lives. The death toll from the tragedy was only 386.