Bhubaneswar: Odisha is preparing to evacuate 11 lakh people from 12 coastal districts likely to be affected by cyclone Amphan which is expected to make a landfall between Odisha and Bangladesh on 20th May.

Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik reviewed the preparations made to face the cyclone.

Addressing through video conferencing the chief minister urged the people not to be panic and cooperate the administration.

The chief secretary, Asit Tripathy, appraised the chief minister about the measures taken to manage the cyclone affect.

He said a contingency plan has been made to evacuate 11 lakh people from the 12 districts. He said that 567 cyclone shelters and 7000 RCC roofed houses have been identified for their shifting, he added.

The chief secretary said that he had discussed about the State’s preparedness with the union cabinet secretary.

Under the influence of cyclone Amphan, 12 coastal districts are expected to experience heavy rainfall accompanied by wind at a speed of 95 km on May19 and 20.

CMO chief adviser R. Balakrisnan, development commissioner Suresh Chandra Mohapatra, Police DGP Abhay and special relief commissioner Pradeep Jena were present.