Keeping in mind the heavy severe and serious incoming Cyclone “LEHER”, to give time to the administration to gear-up and preparedness, the Chief Minister Sri N.Kiran Kumar Reddy has postponed his tomorrow’s visit to “Helen” cyclone affected areas to East and West Godavari districts to 29th or 30th of this month.
As extensive and severe damage over north coastal Andhra Pradesh and other several coastal districts predicted by the “leher” Cyclone in the Bay of Bengal, the Chief Minister has directed the Chief Secretary Dr P.K.Mohanty, all Administration, District Collectors concerned to be on high alert and be prepared to take all precautionary measures to face any eventuality.
The Chief Minister reviewed the preparedness for cyclone “Leher” by which heavy rain fall and gale wind, very rough sea are predicted, tonight at Camp Office, at a high level meeting. Minister Sri Pithani Satyanarayana, Chief Secretary, DGP Sri Prasada Rao, DGP Fire and Emergency Services Sri Nanduri Sambasiva Rao, Principal Secretaries–Sambob, Joshi, Adityanath Das, Disaster management Commissioner Sri C.Parthasarathy and other senior officials attended the high level meeting.
Officials informed that special officers nominated for the nine coastal districts.
Round the clock control rooms at Secretariat- 040- 23452144 and 23451043 were opened and operating. 15 additional teams of NDRF requisitioned from Government of India. Total 30 NDRF teams are placed at major places for rescue and relief operations. Requisition sent to Secretary, Defence for providing 4 (four) helicopters to be stationed at Visakhapatnam. These will be moved wherever necessary.
Coast Guard, Coastal Security wing, Marine Police, and SPs were also informed to be alert in view of cyclone and assist the District administration.
Specialized teams of Emergency and Fire Services Dept trained in DM are being sent to districts for rescue and relief operations and to assist the District administration. All fishermen in the coastal districts have been alerted through the mobile phone database available with the Fisheries Department, not to go out to the sea for fishing in view of the Cyclone alert.
There are adequate stocks of medicines with Health Department available to meet any emergency. Medical Teams being sent to the coastal districts. District Collectors have been advised to open control rooms at district, division, mandal level and give wide publicity of the telephone numbers of the control rooms.
District Collectors to appoint Supervisory officers at district, mandal, village levels for group of villages with instructions to stay at headquarters until further orders. District Collectors to take all precautionary measures and ensure that people in low lying areas are evacuated to safer places and ensure zero casualties. District Collectors informed to ensure adequate stocks of essential commodities like rice and kerosene are positioned in adequate quantities in all vulnerable villages. District Collectors to draw funds under TR 27 for rescue and relief operations. District Collector of above four districts to instruct Joint Collectors to camp in the coastal towns to monitor and coordinate relief and rescue operations.
District Collectors to evacuate all families living in low-lying areas/ areas vulnerable to inundation and report details of evacuation on a regular basis to DM Dept. Commissioner, Fisheries to advise Fishermen not to venture out into the sea for fishing in North Coastal districts and ensure total suspension of fishing operations in South Coastal districts of AP. Collectors to review preparatory steps with officials of all line departments such as Fire & Emergency services, Police, Irrigation, Transport, Electricity, R&B, RWS, MA &UD, Fisheries Departments alerted. HODs of these Departments to advise their officials in the above districts to report to the District Collector for further instructions. Collectors of above districts to adapt a warning system to warn MROs/VROs/Sarpanches of all villages adjoining vagus/rivulets to position village revenue staff near the crossing points to prevent people from crossing the vagus/rivulets likely to experience flash floods.
Collectors to declare holiday for schools in event of heavy rainfall as a precautionary measure after studying the situation. Collectors to make arrangement for drinking water availability including positioning of water sachets wherever needed in addition to ensuring continuous supply of power to the Water supply facilities.Collectors to instruct R&B Dept/PR Depts to keep pumpsets ready to pump out excess water in low lying/inundated places. Power saws, cutting equipment to be kept ready to clear roads of fallen trees and poles.
District Collectors in the coastal districts may mobilize adequate number of vehicles to undertake relief operation and also to evacuate people from low lying areas in view of heavy rainfall expected from the depression/cyclone.
GoI/Defence Secretary addressed to provide helicopters to assist the State to carry out rescue operations. Army and Railway authorities alerted regarding the IMD warning on LEHAR cyclone.