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Centre keeps food grain supply ready for Phailin cyclone victims

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The Center said 5 lakh tonnes of food grains is kept ready for distribution to victims of high intensity cyclone Phailin

cyclone2New Delhi: The Center today said 5 lakh tonnes of food grains is kept ready for distribution to victims of high intensity cyclone Phailin, which is due to hit the east coast in the next few hours.

“We are ready with 5 lakh tones of food grains for distribution to cyclone-affected people in Andhra Pradesh and Odisha,” Food Minister K V Thomas told reporters.

The food grains are available in government warehouses in the respective states. “The centre and state governments are watching the situation. If more food grains are required, we will allocate,” he said.

In Odisha and Andhra Pradesh, people living on the coastline are being shifted to emergency locations before the cyclone storms hits the region.

Cyclone ‘Phailin’–meaning sapphire in Thai language-said to be one of the strongest cyclonic storms, is set to make a landfall this evening in Odisha’s Gopalpur.

PTI

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