“Use schools and community halls as overnight shelters for the homeless”
Bhubaneswar: As the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) forecast a severe cold spell in some districts of Odisha in the next 2-3 days, the state government has asked districts and municipalities to use school buildings and schools. community halls as an overnight shelter for the homeless.
In a letter, the Office of the Special Commissioner for Relief called on district collectors and city commissioners to ensure that available schools, community buildings and other buildings are opened for use as overnight shelters by the homeless. and needy people in rural and urban areas.
District administrations and municipalities have also been ordered to send a detailed report to the SRC office indicating the number of buildings that can be used as overnight shelters and the number of people sheltered daily until the end of the night. cold wave.
The SRC called on officials to create a necessary public awareness campaign outlining the dos and don’ts to protect people and livestock from cold spells. Night trips, especially on two-wheelers or open-air cars, should be avoided, adds the letter.
Meteorologists predicted the following cold snap warning for several districts in the state:
DAY 1: Valid until 8:30 a.m. of December 22, 2021
Orange Warning: Isolated cold snap to cold snap conditions are very likely to prevail over Sundargarh, Jharsuguda, Mayurbhanj, Kalahandi, Bolangir and Sonepur and Boudh districts.
Yellow warning: an isolated cold snap is most likely prevailing over the districts of Balasore, Bhadrak. Kendrapara, Jagatsuighpur, Puri, Khordha, Cuttack, Ganjam, Nayagarh, Jajpur, Dhenkanal, Keonjhar, Angul, Deogarh, Sambalpur, Bargarh, Nuapada, Kandhamal and Nabarangpur.
Yellow Warning: Isolated cold days will most likely prevail over Balasore, Bhadrak, Mayurbhanj, Keonjhar, Kandhamal, Khordha and Kalahandi districts.
Day 2: Valid from 8:30 a.m. on December 22, 2021 to 8:30 a.m. on December 23, 2021:
Yellow Warning: Isolated cold snap conditions very likely to prevail over Angul, Sonepur, Boudh, Bolangir, Kalahandi, Kandhamal, Nuapada, Nabarangpur, Mayurbhanj, Keonjhar, Jajpur, Dhenkanal, Balasore, Bhadrak, Ganjam, Nayagarh districts , Cuttack and Khordha.
Yellow Warning: Isolated cold days are most likely to prevail over Mayurbhanj, Balasore and Kandhamal districts.
Day 3: Valid from December 23, 2021 at 8:30 am to December 24, 2021 at 8:30 am:
Yellow Warning: Isolated cold snap conditions are most likely to prevail over Kalahandi, Balangir, Nuapada, Nabarangpur, Keonjhar and Mayurbhanj districts.