thanking us,” said a district official.
“The government did microplanning of the work needed to be done after the cyclone hit. Each department’s role was identified and they were given targets to complete. There was no confusion over who was to do what,” Ganjam District Collector Dr Krishan Kumar said. All supporting agencies were told to report to the district collector.
In Berhampur, the IAF started a mobile medical unit two days before the storm. “We were ready with treatment for snake bites to heart attacks and head injuries,” said Squadron Leader Navneet Kaur of the team.
“It was the evacuation before the landfall that helped minimise the casualties,” admitted Squadron Leader S P Singh, who was stationed in Berhampur for overseeing the mobile medical units.
with inputs from Sreenivas Janyala, Srikakulam