EPS review preparations as northeast monsoon expected to arrive by third week of October
| Monday | 12th October, 2020
Many water rejuvenation initiatives have been implemented, which would help save about 2.55 tmcft (thousand million cubic ft) of water during the monsoon, the official release said.
The Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami has started reviewing the preparation for the upcoming monsoon in the state. On Monday, he reviewed the preparation for northeast monsoon and subsequently issued a series of directives to officials.
The northeast monsoon, which brings the bulk of rainfall to the state, is expected to set in by the third week of October, an official release said.
In the review meeting deputy chief minister, O Panneerselvam was also present, Palaniswami directed officials to ensure adequate stocks of medicines in public and private hospitals. "During (any) disaster time, fair price shops should have two months` stocks of essential commodities," the release quoted the chief minister as directing the officials.
IAS officers designated with overseeing rain-related preparations should monitor the situation in the respective districts including Chennai, Palaniswami was quoted as saying. Mock drills with Covid-19 protocol of social distancing should be held.
Detailing the various steps taken by the government ahead of the northeast monsoon, which stretches till December end, the release said over 4,100 vulnerable areas have already been identified and multi-department zonal-level teams formed to handle any eventuality. Nearly 43,500 first responders including 14,232 women, trained responders to remove fallen trees and rescue cattle were on standby, it said. Various facilities including marriage halls have been identified to accommodate people if required, it said.
Many water rejuvenation initiatives have been implemented, which would help save about 2.55 tmcft (thousand million cubic ft) of water during the monsoon, the release added.
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