Bhubaneswar, Jun 3: The State Government has not taken any prior measure to lessen the impact of very severe cyclonic storm ‘Yaas’ on people, alleged former Revenue Minister Manmohan Samal here on Thursday.
A BJP team led by Samal visited the cyclone-ravaged areas in Bhadrak, Kendrapada, Balasore and Mayurbhanj districts recently.
“The State Government didn’t take any step as per suggestions made in the Home Department Committee report presented in the State Assembly in 2008,” alleged Samal.
He said Odisha Government officers and Ministers sat in Bhubaneswar and took no step to tackle the cyclone which had been forecast much before by the India Meteorological Department (IMD). “The IMD had much earlier warned that the Yaas would ravage parts of Odisha. It also alerted Government against the impact of the cyclone during landfall and thereafter very minutely. The NDRF also provided all support in evacuation and restoration activities. But the State Government sat silent after appointing additional officers for districts likely to be affected. It falsely claimed before the media that it was well prepared for tackling the Yaas,” alleged Samal.
He said the State Government evacuated a very few people from vulnerable areas. Evacuating just 50 people, the State Government was claiming to have shifted 300, he said.
“Even as nine days have passed, many roads and houses have not been cleared of felled trees. While dry foods were distributed in a few villages, cooked foods has remained a dream for the affected,” said Samal.
The State Government has also failed in supplying drinking water to the affected people when there is very possibility of spread of diarrhea post cyclone and flood.
Informing that the Union Government has sanctioned 8.15 lakh pucca houses for Odisha, Samal demanded that each house damaged by Cyclone Yaas be converted into a pucca house soon under the PMAY.