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Odisha to prepare disaster management warriors to face calamities: Patnaik

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PTI, October 29, 2022, 6:08 PM IST

Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said on Saturday that the state is ready to introduce disaster and pandemic management curricula in schools and colleges to prepare disaster management Yodhas (warriors) in every village and every home.

Patnaik said this during a meeting marking the celebration of Odisha Disaster Preparedness Day and National Disaster Reduction Day. The day is observed to remember the super cyclone of 1999 which killed an estimated 10,000 people in the state.

“Disaster and Pandemic Management is introduced into the curriculum of students from Grade 4 to Graduation Level with a view to preparing Disaster Management Yodhas in every village and household,” the minister said. chief.

Noting that the state government has done everything possible to make Odisha a safer place during natural calamities, Patnaik said that in the 23 years since the super cyclone, the state has developed the most robust infrastructure for disaster management.

The world has now recognized our efforts over all these years, he said while thanking the 4.5 million people of Odisha for their support and solidarity in building a disaster-resilient Odisha .

He also appreciated the efforts of PRI (Panchayati raj institution) members, Mission Shakti group members, frontline workers like ASHA and Anganwadi workers, NGOs and volunteers at community level, representatives government, ODRAF, fire services, NDRF and police personnel for their coordinated work to reduce casualties.

Stating that in 2022 so far the state has faced floods in the Mahanadi, Baitarani and Subarnarekha river systems affecting over 23 lakh people in 16 districts, Patnaik said it is only ‘Due to strong preparation and coordinated efforts the state evacuated nearly 2.7 lakh people. to safer places and taken timely relief and restoration measures.

“Our geographical location makes us vulnerable to natural disasters. Nearly 10,000 people died in the Super Cyclone in 1999. Then we had no safe shelters,” Patnaik pointed out and said that during those years, 815 multipurpose cyclone and flood shelters were built. Fifty-five new such shelters are being built through the Chief Ministers Relief Fund, he said.

For better impact-based forecasting, the government will install a telemetric rain gauge in all gram panchayats, automatic weather stations at bloc headquarters and sensors in our river systems. These measures will help us get accurate real-time information for more effective disaster management, the chief minister said.

Revealing additional measures to further strengthen community preparedness, Patnaik said the state government has trained more than 40,000 volunteers at village and shelter levels.

In addition, the government is undertaking capacity building of elected representatives of Panchayati Raj institutions, urban local bodies, members of Shakti Mission, ASHA, Anganwadi workers, members of Vana Surakhya Samiti (VSS ), as they play a key role in disaster risk reduction, he added. said.

On this occasion, the Chief Minister called on all stakeholders and citizens to come forward and unite to reaffirm the will to create a disaster resilient Odisha.

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