Hyderabad: As per the instructions of the Chief Minister Sri N.Kiran Kumar Reddy, the Chief Secretary Mr Pankaj Dwivedi reviewed the preparedness for the ensuing cyclone 'Thane' with the Commissioner Disaster Management Mr T Radha, Principal Secretary Energy Mr Dinesh Kumar and Commisioner Fisheries K Praveen Kumar at the secretariat on Thursday.
The cyclone which lay centered 300 kms from south east of Chennai is likely to cross between Nagapatnam and Chennai close to Puducherry around the 30th of December. Under its influence rainfall is likely in most of the coastal districts of the state. The Chief Secretary directed the Commissioner Disaster Management to instruct the Collectors to evacuate people living in low lying areas sufficiently in advance and bring them to the shelters and provide them all medical facilities, drinking water and sanitation. Similarly the Chief Secretary asked the health department officials to keep adequate stock of medicines in all the districts which are likely to be affected.
He asked the Panchayat Raj department to supply chlorine tablets to all the villages. Animal Husbandary department was instructed to take care of goat, sheep and cattle. The Chief Secretary asked the R&B department to keep required machinery to cut the trees and restore traffic without much inconvenience to the public. The Municipal Administration department has been asked to ensure provision of clean drinking water to the public.
The Chief Secretary instructed the Fisheries department officials to rescue the fishermen who are stranded in the sea. He asked the irrigation department officials to take advance steps for all breaches and also ensure that rescue boats are kept in advance. As the power and communication facilities are likely to be disrupted the Chief Secretary asked the energy department officials to appeal to the people to stay indoors during the passing of the cyclone. The Chief Secretary asked the TTD authorities to make an appeal to the public through the media asking the piligrims who do not have confirmed accomodation or tickets to postpone their visit. He also directed the officials to ensure that proper facilities are provided to the piligrims.