J'khand Govt Alerts Districts As Phailin Approaches

Jharkhand has geared up to face any eventuality as the MeT office has predicted heavy rains accompanied by gales speeding up to 70 kmph across the state due to Cyclone 'Phailin' which will make a landfall in neighbouring Odisha.

On the direction of Chief Minister Hemant Soren, Disaster Management Department's Principal Secretary Arun Kumar Singh is taking stock of the situation in every district through video conferencing with all deputy commissioners, an official release said here.

Quoting the MeT forecast that the cyclonic storm is expected to enter the state tomorrow morning, Singh issued an appeal to the people to stay indoors on October 13 and 14.

According to the MeT office, Cyclone Phailin's impact is expected to be experienced across the entire state, with the state administration specially alerting the districts of West Singhbhum, Sareikela-Kharsawan, Khunti, Simdega, Latehar, Lohardaga and Ranchi.

Deputy commissioners of all districts have been asked to keep a vigil on all Puja pandals during the period, the release added.

Jharkhand Disaster Management Minister Mannan Malik said all precautionary measures were taken to deal with any eventuality following the forecast of heavy rains under the impact of cyclone 'Phailin'.

An official with the Jharkhand State Electricity Board said an advisory was issued to its employees to remain vigilant and be in touch with the organisers of the Durga puja pandals to deal with any exigency.

Gumla Deputy Commissioner Beena Srivastav told reporters there that she has asked companies dealing with bauxite mines to stop work and evacuate their workers to safer places.

Similarly, Dhanbad Deputy Commissioner Prasant Kumar said he has sent an advisory to collieries under the Bharat Coking Coal Limited, the Eastern Coal Limited (Mogma colliery area) and Tata Steel not to send their miners inside pits following the anticipated heavy rainfall.

A Railways spokesman with the Ranchi Rail Division said the Hatia-Puri Tapaswni and Hatia-Jaswantpur Express trains have been cancelled following the cyclonic storm in Odisha and Andhra Pradesh.

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