Odisha to spend Rs 400 cr to strengthen disaster management capacity
Bhubaneswar: Odisha Government on Wednesday decided to invest around Rs 400 crore to further strengthen the disaster management capacity of the State.
The State Disaster Management Executive Committee at its meeting held under the chairmanship of Chief Secretary Suresh Chandra Mohapatra decided to strengthen the disaster management capacity by acquiring modern equipment and imparting intensive training to the frontline organisations like ODRAF and Fire Service.
The Chief Secretary directed officials to identify flood-prone areas where there were insufficient flood and cyclone shelters and build more flood shelters to help people during disasters.
A decision was also taken to strengthen and heighten the flood embankments in vulnerable areas like Bari, Dhamnagar, Gop and other riverside villages as a permanent measure.
Special Relief Commissioner Pradeep Kumar Jena said Post Disaster Needs Assessment (PDNA) on the last heavy rain and flood would be conducted in collaboration with National Disaster Management Authority and National Institute of Disaster Management. After proper assessment of the needs, additional support would be mobilised for long-term recovery, reconstruction and future damage reduction.
The Chief Secretary directed officials to complete the PDNA in about a month. Mohapatra directed Housing and Urban Development department to remove encroachments on drains and keep those properly widened for smooth passage of rainwater.
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