Odisha’s Preparedness, Response to Cyclone Fani was World Class: NDMA Member

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Bhubaneswar: “Odisha’s preparedness and response to cyclone Fani from state to the community level was World Class,” said National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) member Kamal Kishore.

He said this in the wrap-up meeting with the State Government held under the chairmanship of Chief Secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi at the Secretariat today.

Kamal Kishore added, “Odisha has set new benchmarks in disaster management and now other states are to emulate it. The experience and expertise of Odisha are recorded as a model at the national and international level. In all places that we have visited, we have heard and seen about the satisfaction level of the people in rescue and relief operations. The cyclone shelters have been well managed with the State Government scheme of Apadamitras ( friends in disaster).”

“We are now in the phase of rehabilitation and restoration. We welcome the technical expertise and guidance from NDMA in these works,” said Chief Secretary Padhi.

He also said that the funds of Rs 1000 crore released after the declaration of the Prime Minister was exhausted and he requested for early release of Rs 5200 crore from NDRF.

Padhi further requested NDMA to ask the telecom companies to have definite SOP and preparedness for dealing with disaster situation as communication and data transfer is of crucial importance in relief and restoration works. The disbursement of compensation to the affected people also suffers in the lack of data connectivity, added Padhi.

Discussions in the meeting mainly centered round restoration work. Secretary NDMA Pradip Kumar said that the filed visit of the team to various cyclone-affected areas showed massive loss of housing, power distribution, telecom and livelihood sectors. NDMA would work in close collaboration with the State in these sectors.

Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) Bishnupada Sethi appraised that around 1.35 lakh houses were damaged fully or severely, 1.40 lakh pucca and 2.72 lakh kuchha were damaged partially, 7.547 huts and 1.19 cowsheds were damaged fully. Crop loss to the extent of 33% above took place in 146311 hectares because of the cyclone and heavy rainfall.

Around 6.281 large animals and 53,26 lakh poultry birds were affected. The cyclone caused heavy livelihood loss, Sethi said.

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