Bhubaneswar: Director General of Police (DGP) Dr Rajendra Prasad Sharma today deputed 11 senior IPS officers to different districts likely to be affected by the very severe cyclonic storm Fani.
They will oversee the police arrangements and coordinate with the district administration and other connected line agencies and field functionaries for rescue and relief operations.
While SK Upadhyay was deputed to Jajpur, Pranabindu Acharya was sent to Jagatsinghpur, Vinaytosh Mishra (Bhadrak), RP Koche (Khurda), SK Priyadarshi (Puri), Arun Bothra (Kendrapara), Amitabh Thakur (Ganjam), Ghanshyam Upadhyay (Nayagarh), Amitendra Nath Sinha (Balasore), Nikhil Kumar Kanodia (Cuttack) and Shefeen Ahamed K (Mayurbhanj).
The top cops have been directed to proceed immediately to the likely affected districts.
As per the IMD Bulletin at 8.30 AM today based on 5.30 AM forecast, the cyclone Fani moved northwestwards with a speed of about 10 kmph in last six hours and lay centred about 680 km south-southwest of Puri and 430 km south-southeast of Vishakhapatnam.
It is very likely to move northwestwards during next 12 hours and thereafter recurve north-northeastwards and cross Odisha Coast near Satapada, Puri district on May 3 afternoon with maximum sustained wind speed of 175-185 kmph gusting to 205 kmph. After landfall it is likely to move to Khurda, Cuttack, Jajpur, Bhadrak and Balasore districts of Odisha and then enter to West Bengal.
Earlier in the day, the State Government deputed ten IAS officers to as many districts to oversee relief and restoration work as Fani moves and packs power.