bhubaneswar l TUESday l MAY 25, 2021 l `7.00 l PAGES 12 l late CITY EDITION Yaas’ likely landfall near Balasore on wednesday It is expected to intensify into a very severe cyclonic storm on the east coast, where most of the oxygen plants are located may trigger Heavy rains, storm surge The storm would generate speeds up to 165 kmph, gusting to 185 kmph, besides triggering storm surge on the coasts of Balasore, Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapara and Bhadrak in Odisha. Heavy rainfall predicted in parts of West Bengal, including Kolkata. In a review meeting, home minister Amit Shah assured all help to CMs of West Bengal, Odisha and Andhra Pradesh ■ 149 Airports, ports on high alert ■ ■ Odisha airports are on high alert even as the Kolkata Port has decided to suspend all shipping movements from Tuesday The Paradip Port Trust has directed all vessels to pick up anchors and move to sea; massive evacuation works underway in Odisha Medicine, oxygen stocks replenished to ensure Covid treatment NDRF teams deployed to carry out rescue and relief works CHENNAI ■ MADURAI ■ VIJAYAWADA ■ BENGALURU ■ KOCHI ■ HYDERABAD ■ VISAKHAPATNAM ■ COIMBATORE ■ KOZHIKODE ■ THIRUVANANTHAPURAM ■ BELAGAVI ■ BHUBANESWAR ■ SHIVAMOgGA ■ MANGALURU ■ TIRUPATI ■ TIRUCHY ■ TIRUNELVELI ■ SAMBALPUR ■ HUBBALLI ■ DHARMAPURI ■ KOTTAYAM ■ KANNUR ■ VILLUPURAM ■ KOLLAM ■ WARANGAL ■ TADEPALLIGUDEM ■ NAGAPATTINAM ■ THRISSUR ■ KALABURAGI By Monday night, 10,000-15,000 people have been evacuated; 6,500 pregnant and expecting mothers shifted to hospitals; senior IAS, IPS officers assigned districts Govt starts evacuation exercise E xpress N ews S ervice @ Bhubaneswar With the cyclone ‘Yaas’ all set to intensify into a very severe cyclonic stor m in next 48 hours, the State government has launched a massive evacuation exercise in the low lying and vulnerable pockets of north coastal districts. Official sources said evacuation has already started in Balasore district, which will be in the eye of the storm, and low lying areas of Kendrapara district where the storm surge is expected to inundate large areas. The evacuation process will be completed by Tuesday afternoon. Taking stock of the precautionary measures on Monday, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik urged the people to cooperate with the administration for shifting to safer places. During discussion with Union Home Minister Amit Shah regarding preparedness for the cyclone, the Chief Minister informed that the State is fully prepared. “We are fully prepared and our officers are in touch with officials of the Centre. We will get back on requirements,” he said. Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) PK Jena said by Monday night, 10,000 to 15,000 people had been evacuated. The evacuation is continuing and will be over by Tuesday after noon. Over 6,500 pregnant and expecting mothers with estimated date of delivery before June 1 have already been shifted to hospitals in six districts. Arrangements have been made to provide dry and cooked food to the people at the cyclone shelters, the SRC said, adding that steps have been taken to ensure uninterrupted supply of electricity and drinking water. Besides, uninterrupted power supply and drinking water will be ensured in all Covid and general CONTINUED ON: P5 hospitals. Wear double mask as Odisha faces double threat: CM As the State is now facing two threats - Covid-19 pandemic and a cyclonic storm ‘Yaas’, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Monday requested the people of coastal districts to cooperate with the administration for their evacuation to safer places and wear double mask | P3 EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi ODRAF personnel loading equipment in a truck in the wake of cyclone ‘Yaas’ in Bhubaneswar | Express S t e p s Ta k e n Evacuation starts from low lying areas of districts in ‘Yaas’ path 22 NDRF teams, 50 ODRAF, 175 Fire Service and 35 teams of tree cutters deployed Additional doctors rushed to Balasore and Bhadrak Leave and holidays of government employees till May 31 cancelled Five senior IAS & IPS officers assigned five districts for overseeing evacuation, restoration & relief work Rapid antigen test of manpower deployed for post-cyclone restoration works We are fully prepared and our officers are in touch with officials of the Centre Naveen Patnaik, Chief Minister Vaccination & door-to-door health survey in Balasore, Bhadrak and Mayurbhanj stopped from May 25 to 27 ‘Yaas’ to pack over 160 km/hr gale force E xpress N ews S ervice @ Bhubaneswar SENDING the Odisha Government into high alert, Cyclone ‘Yaas’ is on its way to cross the eastern coast near Balasore around May 26 noon. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) said, projected path of the system shows that it could make landfall towards south of Balasore and by then it would have upgraded into a very severe cyclonic storm. The wind speed may hit above 160 km per hour, gusting up to 185 km/hr during the landfall, the national forecaster said. Sea conditions will remain rough and tidal waves of height two to four meters above astronomical tide may inundate low lying coastal areas in Balasore, Bhadrak, Kendrapara and Jagatsinghpur districts a ro u n d t h e t i m e o f t h e landfall. From a deep depression, the system intensified into cyclonic storm on Monday morning as it moved north-northwestwards with a speed of about 12 km/hr and lay centred about 420 km south-southeast of Paradip and 510 km south-southeast of Balasore. It would move northnorthwestwards, intensify further into a severe cyclonic storm during next 6 hours and into a very severe cyclonic storm during subsequent 12 hours. It would track northnorthwestwards and reach north-west Bay of Bengal near north Odisha and West Bengal c o a s t s b y We d n e s d ay CONTINUED ON: P5 morning. High market borrowing and sharp revenue decline due to the pandemic are forcing many states to cut capital expenditure, as they are struggling to foot the cost of the vaccine amid widening fiscal deficit. “Many states, including Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka, Telangana and Orissa, are reducing capital expenditure by about 25-30%. If states have to incur the vaccine cost also, they would have to cut corners, which means lowering their capex,” a senior member of Prime Minister’s Economic Advisory Council (PMEAC) said. The only way to fix this is to have a centralised vaccine procurement policy, the member suggested. “State capex fall will not help the economy. Market borrowing has also cost in terms of interest burden. With GST shortfall to continue this year, this is not a good scenario. Till we are able to vaccinate all, the cost of the pandemic for the economy will continue to remain high, keeping recovery uncertain,” the member said. According to estimates, the total vaccination cost is `3.7 lakh crore for states at the highest vaccine price. This is large In FY21, 28 states and 2 UTs raised a total of `7.98 lakh crore via market borrowings, 26% higher than the borrowings of `6.35 lakh crore in FY20 ti Ghosh, Group Chief Economic Adviser, State Bank of India said in a recent report. An analysis of the states’ finances suggests that since this year, too, they may have to borrow, they are cautious in raising money from the market. Also the increase in proceeds from cesses and surcharges from 3% of gross tax revenue in 2000-01 to 23.5% in 2020-21 has reduced the divisible pool and brought down the effective devolution share to about 30% of gross tax revenue. @ New Delhi Days after Twitter tagged a tweet by BJP leader Sambit Patra — alleging the Congress had drafted a toolkit to malign the Centre’s image — as ‘manipulated media’, the Delhi Police Special Cell on Monday landed at the social media giant’s offices in search of the ‘right person’ to serve a notice. Calling it a routine process, and not a raid, Delhi Police spokesperson DCP Chenmoy Biswal said they had to visit Twitter’s offices at Lado Sarai and Gurugram Golf Course Road as the reply from the company’s MD, India operations, M Maheshwari was ‘ambiguous’. The special cell had issued a MAY 24 2,40,842 2,22,315 3,55,102 3.02.544 3,741 4,454 May 23 9,42,722 doses May 24 23,65,395 doses Total doses: 19,84,43,550 Jab-o-meter Take your shot ODISHA Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths MAY 23 MAY 24 12,852 11,627 28 11,059 11,614 32 numbers.” Till Monday only those above , 45 years were allowed the benefit of walk-in jabs. By allowing on-site registration for those in the 18-44 category, the ministry aims to cut wastage and increase the number of beneficiaries. Official data reveal that only about one crore people in the 18-44 group — out of an estimated 49 crore across India — have received at least one dose since they became eligible on May 1. ‘Industries to ensure steady supply of O2’ Bhubaneswar : Odisha reported the highest single day spike in Covid-19 fatalities as 32 people succumbed to the disease taking the cumulative death toll to 2,516. With 11,059 more people testing positive for the virus, the tally crossed seven lakh mark | P2 Bhubaneswar: Union Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan on Monday assured that supply of liquid medical oxygen from eastern India to the rest of the country will not be affected by the cyclone | P3 New gene therapy partially restores blind man’s sight stir amid pandemic Farmers stage a protest against the Haryana government after the police booked over 300 of them in connection with a clash earlier this month, in Hisar on Monday. The protest was later called off | PTI | P8 E xpress N ews S ervice @ New Delhi A meeting of a high powered committee comprising Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Chief Justice of India N V Ramana and Leader of Opposition Adhir Ranjan Chowdhary on Monday to pick the new chief of the CBI saw the latter raising objections over the selection process. “The way the procedure was followed, it was in conflict of the mandate of the committee. On May 11, I was given 109 names... and today by 1 pm, 10 names were shortlisted while by 4 pm, six names were shortlisted. This casual approach of the department of personnel and training is highly objectionable,” his dissent note said. According to sources, the names of senior IPS officers H C Awasthi, K R Chandra and V S K Kaumudi have been shor tlisted for the job. Awasthi (1985, UP cadre) is the current DGP of UP; Kau- notice on Maheshwari on May 21, asking him to appear before it with information on why the platform tagged Sambit Patra’s tweet as ‘manipulated media’. “It appears that Twitter has infor mation, which is not known to us, on the basis of which they classified it as such. The special cell wants to find out the truth. Twitter, which claimed to know the underlying truth, should c l a r i f y, ” he added. On May 18, Sambit Patra and other BJP leaders posted screenshots of an alleged ‘toolkit’ and accused the Congress of creating it to malign the Centre’s pandemic management. The Congress retaliated Paris: Scientists have for the first time managed to partially restore the sight of a blind patient by altering his cells, according to the results of a groundbreaking study published on Monday. The technique known as optogenetics, which has been developed in the field of neuroscience over the last 20 years, involves genetically altering cells so they produce more light-sensitive proteins | P12 Easy tools to manage the virus at the district level 3 on shortlist to head CBI; Cong sore mudi (1984, Andhra Pradesh cadre) is a special secretary in the Ministry of Home Affairs; and Chandra (1985, Bihar cadre) is the current Director General of the Sashastra Seema Bal. The meeting was held after a delay of around four months despite former CBI chief R K Shukla retiring on February 3. The agency is currently helmed by interim chief Pradeep Sinha. Delhi cops at Twitter’s doorstep in search of ‘right person’ to serve notice E xpress N ews S ervice NATIONWIDE MAY 23 Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths Odisha records highest 32 deaths, cases cross 7L mark given the budgeted capital expenditure of states. “If we map this scenario analysis with the budgeted FY22 total expenditure of 20 major states at the highest price point, the vaccine procurement is 16% of the total expenditure for Bihar and 12% for states like Uttar Pradesh and Jharkhand,” Soumya Kan- 26% more market borrowing in FY21 The Centre on Monday allowed walk-in vaccinations at government hospitals for people in the 18–44 age group to reduce vaccine wastage. It was also an acknowledgement of the point put across by states that not all beneficiaries may have access to inter net or smart phones or mobile phones to register themselves on the CoWIN portal. The final decision on whether or not to opt for it will be taken by state governments. While announcing the decision, the Union health ministry clarified that those choosing private hospitals for inoculation must continue booking slots via CoWIN portal or Aarogya Setu app. The decision came after several states reported vaccine wastage whenever some registered beneficiaries failed to turn up. In such cases, on-site registration of a few beneficiaries may be necessary to minimise the wastage, the health ministry said. Advising states to exercise caution to avoid overcrowding at centres, the ministry said clear instructions must be issued to all immunisation officers that the decision of respective states on walk-in facility is strictly adhered to. Stating that fully reserved sessions can be organised for beneficiaries belonging to facilitated cohorts (those needing assistance) category, the ministry said: “Wherever such sessions are organised, all efforts must be made to mobilise such beneficiaries in sufficient express read States trim capex, vax adds to burden A n u ra d h a S h u k l a @ New Delhi Walk-in jabs for 18-44 group at govt hospitals by writing to Twitter, asking it to suspend Patra’s account for posting a “forged toolkit to create disharmony”. Two days later, Twitter tagged the tweet as manipulated media. The Delhi Police action came on a day when External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar landed in the US to meet his counterpart Anthony Blinken. M S S es h a d ri , T J ac o b J o h n an d M u r u S u b ramani Four peaks characterise the second wave of India’s Covid epidemic — momentum peak (21.4.21), numerical peak of new cases two weeks later (6.5.21); acceleration peak of mortality (28.4.21) and numerical mortality peak three weeks later (18.5.21). Each state and district has these four peaks. Yet, the dynamics of onset, tempo and peak are asynchronous even among districts of the same state. While many districts are in post-peak decline of the momentum, in others momentum is still accelerating. Every district should be able to look for the four peaks in their ‘local epidemic curves’ and take appropriate individualised districtlevel action. To facilitate this, a set of easy-to-use Microsoft Excel Spreadsheets for health administrators are available for download from https:/tiny.cc/ covid-momentum. At a glance you can discern epidemic mo- mentum and mortality acceleration, district-wise. How does this help? ‘Social vaccine’ and biological vaccine should be top priority in districts with rapid epidemic momentum. Short district level lockdown may be needed to buy time. Post-peak decline in momentum indicates a substantial level of herd immunity; the proportion of vulnerable is low, manpower shortage and potential crowding at vaccination centres will argue against large vaccination drives. However, imminent mortality acceleration necessitates quick increase in hospital and critical-care beds, oxygen supply and essential drugs. Districts with mortality curve deceleration should anticipate decreased demands for oxygen and essential drugs, and prepare to move surplus supplies to needy neighbours. Such streamlined and science-based approach will optimise use of scant resources to manage the epidemic, reduce new infections and lower Covid mortality. Full article: newindianexpress.com
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