The Odisha Disaster Management Authority (OSDMA) is now on its way for another hallmark of the ‘Tsunami Ready’ tag for 328 tsunami-prone villages of 6 coastal districts.
This was discussed in the Governing Body Meeting of OSDMA held under the Chairmanship of Chief Secretary Asit Tripathy in Lokseba Bhawan conference hall wherein Additional Chief Secretary Disaster Management, Pradeep Kumar Jena outlined the issues for discussion.
It was also decided to achieve the ‘Tsunami Ready’ tag for these villages by fulfilling the 11 parameters set by Unicef.
Jena said, “In the meanwhile, two villages namely Baxipali of Ganjam district and Gadaharishpur of Jagatsingpur district have qualified all the parameters. These two villages might get Unicef certificate soon.”
After award of the certificate, these two villages would be first tsunami ready villages among 56 nations in the entire Indian Ocean region, he added.
Reviewing the updates for management of natural disasters, Chief Secretary, Mr. Tripathy directed for proper repair and maintenance of the multipurpose cyclone/flood shelters before June 2020.
Mr. Tripathy also directed that the emergency equipments supplied to the shelters should be under the direct charge of the respective fire stations for keeping the machines in good working condition.