Red Cross Prepares Relief Measures in Odisha as Cyclone Yaas Approaches

As Cyclone ‘Yaas’ approaches the coasts of Odisha and West Bengal, volunteers from Red Cross Society have started preparing for relief distribution. The efforts have been scaled up keeping in mind the intensity of ‘Yaas’. Relief measures will be extended to people in distress in the affected areas.

The volunteers of the Red Cross Society in Bhubaneswar have started packing relief materials which will be used for distribution across 10 districts that are expected to be affected by the cyclone. The districts include Balasore, Bhadrak, Mayurbhanj, Jajpur, Kendrapara, Jagatsinghpur, Khurda, Cuttack, Puri, and Ganjam. Dry food packets containing flattened rice, jaggery, ‘chhatua’, water pouches, and masks are being packed at the Red Cross state headquarters.

“Currently we are concentrating on the 10 vulnerable districts where relief materials will be distributed post-cyclone. Around 1,000 packets have been readied today, while another 1,500 packets will be packed tomorrow and dispatched to the vulnerable districts”, said the Secretary of the Indian Red Cross Society, Odisha branch, CTM Suguna.

The secretary reported having 3,200 Red Cross volunteers who are ready to be engaged in the relief work. Hundreds of volunteers from the Youth Red Cross wing and Junior Red Cross wing will also join in. Suguna said that they have shared the list of volunteers with the Collectors of the districts.

Meanwhile, Red Cross has also activated its 65 community-managed shelters in the 10 districts to shift people from the vulnerable pockets. Along with Red Cross, the ODRAF, NDRF, and Fire Services teams will be present for relief work post-cyclone.

The landfall of Cyclone Yaas in north Odisha and West Bengal is expected around noon of May 26. “At 0830 IST, SCS ‘Yaas’ about 280 km south-southeast of Paradip. To intensify further and cross north Odisha-West Bengal coasts between Paradip and Sagar Island close to north of Dhamra and south of Balasore, during noon of Wednesday, the 26th May as a Very Severe Cyclonic Storm”, tweeted the India Meteorological Department (IMD).

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