Odisha Setting Global Standards In Disaster Management

Odisha has set global standards in disaster management for its efficiency in reducing economic losses caused due to natural calamities. Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik made this announcement while marking the observance of Odisha Disaster Preparedness Day and the National Day for Disaster Reduction.

“Odisha has already set a global benchmark in handling disasters. The recent disasters demonstrate the need for integrating the principle of resilience in every area of development planning and recovery process to achieve a substantial reduction in economic losses”, he said.

Odisha Disaster Preparedness Day is observed on 29th October every year, as on this date, the state was ravaged by the Super Cyclone killing at least 10,000 people in 1999. Ever since the state has efficiently managed al subsequent natural disasters.

This year the government expertly tackled Cyclone Fani which affected 1.65 crore people but only took the lives of 64. The cyclone also damaged more than 5 lakh houses and power and telecom infrastructure in the coastal districts.

“In the coming years, the disaster management efforts of the state will be to build resilience at all levels with a focus of disaster resilience of public infrastructure and services, disaster resilience housing for all and resilient livelihood and sustainable environment to reduce the risk of future disasters,” the chief minister added.

Dr Mrutunjay Mahapatra, the director-general of India Meteorological Department (IMD), was felicitated along with NGOs and individuals for their commendable work during the disaster.

The state government has also decided to mark land-slide prone areas to critically vulnerable areas.

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