Odisha initiates the move to make coastal villages Tsunami ready

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October 8

Odisha initiates Coastal villages for Tsunami

Odisha Government have initiated the move to  make the coastal villages Tsunami ready.  This was decided in the State Executive Committee meeting held under the Chairmanship of Chief Secretary Suresh Chandra Mahapatra from Lokseba Bhawan on digital mode.

Development Commissioner Jena appraised that two villages viz. Noliasahi in Jagatsingpur district and Venkatraipur in Ganjam district  received the UNESCO-Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC)’s recognition as first Tsunami ready Indian villages in the Indian Ocean region.

He placed the proposal for making more 326 villages along Odisha coast Tsunami ready. The Committee accorded sanction of around Rs 7.17 cr for implementation of Tsunami ready programme in these villages.

The Committee also decided to develop special urban flood management unit in the ODRAF. It was also decided that the fire service units would be strengthened with hi-tech equipment and training to manage the fire and other accidents in high raised buildings, particularly in urban industrial areas of the State.

Capacity building of the disaster fighting arms from village to state level was emphasized in the meeting. It was decided to build up the capacity of shelter level volunteers, members of women self-help groups (WSHGs), members of the panchayati raj institutions (PRI) and members of the Odisha disaster rapid action force ( ODRAF).

Available data show, Odisha has 814 multipurpose cyclone and flood shelters. Each center has around 50 shelter level volunteers and 25 management and maintenance volunteers.  They serve as first responders to any disaster in their locality.

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It was decided to train around 40,700 shelter level volunteers and 20,350 maintenance and management volunteers. The training programme would mainly focus on capacity building in search and rescue operation, first-aid, counseling, shelter management, equipment management and shelter level documentation. The committee sanctioned an estimated budget of Rs. 15.74 cr for the purpose.

Further, it was decided to sharpen the capacity of ODRF and fire service units in the matters like handling of issues in collapsed structure, search and rescue, rope rescue, equipment maintenance, under water life saving, handling of unprecedented emergencies etc. It was decided to have two types training programs i.e. in-house training and training in collaboration with other centers of excellence. An estimated budget of around Rs. 1.28  cr was sanctioned for the purpose.

Development Commissioner and Special Relief Commission  Pradeep Kumar Jena, DG Police Sri Avaya, Additional Chief Secretary Home Sanjeev Chopra, Principal Secretary Revenue and Disaster Management Bishnupada Sethi, Principal Secretary Panchayati  Raj  and Drinking Water Ashok Kumar Meena, R D.G Fire Service M. Akshaya along with Principal Secretaries, Secretaries and senior officers from concerned participated in the discussions.

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