Bhubaneswar: Today it has been 13 years since the 1999 super cyclone. The cyclone, which was perhaps one of the most ravaging natural disasters that mankind has ever experienced in modern times.
The State Government remembers this disaster day every year on October 29 by launching a new set of programmes and plannings to reasses its preparedness with the aim to build a disaster resilient Odisha.
This year to take its disaster preparedness forward, the State Government chose “Building Safe Shelters for Disaster Risk Reduction” as its theme for the observance of Disaster Preparedness Day today at Jaydev Bhawan, Bhubaneswar.
Speaking on the occasion, Sri Surya Narayan Patro, Minister Revenue and Disaster Management said that the State Government is now better equipped to tackle disasters as it had been actively pursuing a proactive, and technology driven disaster management strategy through a culture of prevention, mitigation, preparedness and response to protect lives, livelihoods and assets.
The State Government has constructed about 180 multipurpose cyclone shelters and flood shelters during the past 13 years. 149 Multipurpose Cyclone Shelters have been constructed under the National Cyclone Risk Mitigation Project (NCRMP) and 14 Multipurpose Cyclone Shelters under the Integrated Coastal Zone Management Project (ICZMP) are also being constructed in different districts, Patro added.
Stating that continuous updating of the capacities of the community and other stakeholders had been the Government’s priority throughout, Patro said that the community members have been trained on use of search and rescue equipment, techniques and first aid too.
Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) Programme under UNDP assistance was being implemented in Ganjam, Kendrapara and Bolangir districts and in three urban areas such as Bhubaneswar, Angul and Talcher, Patro added.
An exhibition with the chief aim to display equipments and disaster safety tips was organized at the meeting venue with the collaboration of OSDMA, ODRAF, NDRF, Handicap International, Red Cross and others.
The function was graced by Sri Surya Narayan Patro, Minister Revenue and Disaster Management and was attended by Sri B. K. Patnaik, Chief Secretary, Odisha, Sri R. N Senapati, Development Commissioner and Additional Chief Secretary, Odisha, Sri B.N. Das, Managing Director, OSDMA and other officers, volunteers, members of Self Help groups, representatives of UN agencies among others.
Source: 360 NS