Odisha government will set up 122 Warning Towers across the state for better natural disaster mitigation and this was announced by the Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on the occasion of Disaster Preparedness Day.
It has been 17 years since the Super Cyclone struck Odisha on October 29 and left the state devastated. But the lessons it taught have left indelible imprints on the state. To ensure no natural calamity causes the same destruction the state government has been observing the Disaster Preparedness Day on the same day.
CM highlighted State Government’s efforts towards pro-active, community based & tech-backed disaster management strategy to protect lives, livelihoods and assets of people in the state.
Highlights of Chief Minister’s address on Disaster Preparedness Day & National Day for Disaster Reduction:
1. Creation of Odisha Disaster Management Authority to improve our disaster preparedness and response standards through creation of disaster resistant infrastructure, trained community based organizations and strengthened.
2. Construction of 879 cyclone/flood shelter buildings and about 17,000 houses for Phailin affected people of Ganjam and Khurda.
3. Construction of 571 houses at Bagpatia rehabilitation site for sea erosion effected people of Satabhaya in Kendrapara district.
4. Construction of 243 shelter connectivity roads covering 390 km and 12 saline embankments covering 58 km.
5. Provision of shelter equipment and regular shelter level capacity building on disaster management.
6. 20 ODRAF Units with all required rescue and life-saving equipment put in place to face any eventuality,
7. Provision for last connectivity with facility of early warning towers taken up at 122 locations all along the coast to disseminate cyclone/tsunami warnings.
8. Ownership and management of shelters handed over to local Cyclone Shelter Management Committees.
9. With provision of modern equipment and regular trainings, all fire stations have been strengthened.
10. The theme for this year’s Disaster Preparedness Day & National Day for Disaster Reduction is ‘Protecting Human Beings and Animals from Lightning’.
Chief Minister thanked volunteers, ODRAF, NDRF, Fire Service, Armed Forces and all officials engaged in relief and rescue operations. He also thanked Cyclone Shelter Management and Maintenance Committees, PRI and Community members, NGOs, Indian RedCross Society and UN Agencies for their cooperation and service in managing disasters in the state.
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