The Centre has requested Odisha to share its experience in the matter of preparedness and disaster management to the other calamity-prone coastal states to face or handle any disastrous event in order to mitigate the impact.
The Centre has appreciated the efforts of the Odisha government for shifting its focus from mitigation to management in the cyclone of 2013 and 2014 after the huge loss of Super Cyclone 1999.
Bishnupada Sethi, special relief commissioner and managing director of Odisha State Disaster Management Authority, said the government will be happy to share its experience with other states.
“We are establishing an institute for disaster management and signing agreement with national international organisations focusing on capacity development at all levels to remain fully prepared,” he added.
United Nations had lauded Odisha for effective management of the very severe cyclone Phailin which hit the Odisha coast on October 12 in 2013. The state government, which had fixed the target of ‘zero casualty’ during the cyclone, had evacuated as many as 9,83,553 people from the coast.