Friday, October 11, 2013

URGENT Alert from WIO on PHAILIN Cyclone : 7.30 PM on 11th October 2013

While the IMD projects air speed to be about 200-210 kmph, projections by other agencies say it may go upto 240-250 kmph, or even more.  Even though the administration seems better prepared than Super Cyclone and the speed is less, I am sure the devastation will be higher because we have less number of trees on the coasts than before and more constructions.  Massive surges estimated at more than 3 meters is really a matter of big worry.

WIO calls upon all its members and well wishers to stay alert and prepared to support people in need.  Help in rescue operations if needed, especially those who are vulnerable including animals.  

There are news that fuel pumps and food shops (including essential items) have hiked the prices exorbitantly.  Please take immediate action to bring this to notice of the appropriate authorities and stop such inhuman acts at this moment of crisis.  

Below are some of the helpline numbers of Govt. of Odisha -

Cyclone HelpLine Odisha state control number: 0674-2534177. District control room numbers: Ganjam 06811-263978, Puri 06752-223237, Kendrapara 06727-232803, Jagatsinghpur 06724-220368, Balasore 06782-262674, Bhadrak 06784-251881, Mayurbhanj 06792-252759, Jajpur 06728-222648, Gajapati 06815-222943, Dhenkanal 06762-221376, Khurda 06755-220002, Keonjhar 06766-255437 and Cuttak 0671-2507842. PLEASE SHARE WITH MAX POSSIBLE

Stay alert, stay prepared!


Ranjan K Panda

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