Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has announced the state government will set up 122 Warning Towers across the state for better natural disaster mitigation. 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.
The occasion was hosted at the Rabindra Mandap on Saturday in presence of officials of Odisha State Disaster Management Authority and Odisha Disaster Rapid Action Force. While the state has shown preparedness to face floods and cyclones, specially during Phailin and Hudhud, lightning deaths are a cause for concern, said the Chief Minister. within five years there have been 2,382 deaths caused by lightning.
“We have already set up 879 cyclone shelters. The state government will set up 122 Warning Towers to help district administration get timely updates on any deep depression or cyclonic storm,” he said.