bmc: Bmc will evacuate 140 slums in the city | Bhubaneswar News

Bhubaneswar: In view of the cyclone, the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) on Saturday identified 140 slums from where residents will be evacuated to shelters.
After consulting with the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD), BMC officials said heavy rain with winds reaching 40-50 km/h could hit the state if the cyclonic storm recurves above the sea itself. same.
“Heavy rain can occur on Monday and Tuesday, and many places in the city can report waterlogging. Wind speed will not be an issue, according to reports so far. To combat waterlogging, we have identified 31 vulnerable points, where BMC workers and excavators, tractors and tree cutters will be kept on standby,” BMC Deputy Commissioner Ramesh Jena said.
Three teams have been trained to cut down trees and prune branches to clear roads following the possible devastation of the cyclone. About two lakh trees had fallen when Cyclone Fani hit the smart city in 2019.
In addition, the BMC maintained 72 temporary cyclone shelters ready to house those affected. “Slums, identified for possible evacuation, have been surveyed. People will be persuaded to move to shelters if the situation warrants it,” Jena added.
BMC officials said 15 high-powered pumps were kept ready at waterlogging points to drain stagnant stormwater in addition to three excavators. Sanitation crews from the civic body are also on standby to dispose of green waste generated during cyclones. After Fani, the BMC had collected one lakh tons of green waste.

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