Bhubaneswar, Oct 10: With Cyclone Hudhud advancing closer to the coast, the Odisha government today said that eight districts of the state are likely to be affected by it.
In a media briefing, Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) PK Mohapatra said that the eight districts likely to be affected by the cyclone are Ganjam, Gajapati, Rayagada, Koraput, Malkangiri, Nabarangpur, Kalahandi and Kandhamal.
Considering the likely impact of the cyclone, people of these eight districts would be shifted to 323 cyclone shelter centres if needed, he said.
'As part of the preparation to evacuate people, mock drills have begun at these centres today,' Mohapatra said, adding that 15 teams of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and 10 teams of Odisha Disaster Rapid Action Force (ODRAF) have been deployed in the vulnerable areas of these districts for search and rescue operations.
The SRC also informed that while the Centre had already provided 14 satellite phones to be put in place in these districts for uninterrupted communication, three more satellite phones will be provided very soon.
Stating that there is adequate stock of polythene sheets and relief materials, he said priority had been given to provision of drinking water supply and health services in these districts.
'Medical teams have been kept in readiness in these districts to provide immediate health services to the affected people,' he added.
The SRC also said that free kitchen arrangements had also been made for the evacuated people.
Meanwhile, the state government this morning sent one ODRAF team each to Koraput, Nabarangpur, Malkangiri, Rayagada, Khordha, Gajapati, Puri, Kandhamal, Jagatsinghpur and Cuttack districts.
Besides, seven NDRF teams also left for Brahmapur, Chhatrapur, Aska, Kandhamal, Malkangiri, Koraput and Gajapati districts.