Odisha govt to prepare Disaster Management Yodhas in every household: Here’s how

Taking another step towards building a disaster-resilient Odisha, the state government announced the inclusion of disaster and pandemic management in the education curriculum of students in Grades 4 through Graduation. .

This will help Odisha in preparing Disaster Management Yodhas in every village and household, said Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik, while observing Odisha’s Disaster Preparedness Day on Saturday.

“To enhance community-based preparedness, we are training more than 40,000 volunteers at village and shelter levels. Furthermore, the Government is strengthening capacity building for elected representatives of the community. organizations Panchayati Raj, Urban Local Authority, Mission Shakti Members, ASHA, Anganwadi Workers, and Vana Surakhya Samiti (VSS) Members, as they play an important role in disaster risk reduction. ” he added

Disaster Preparedness Day in Odisha and National Disaster Reduction Day are held in memory of the super typhoon that claimed 10,000 lives in Odisha in 1999.

While speaking about the event, CM said this day is an opportunity to reflect on the current situation and make resolutions for the future. On this day, people remember those who lost their lives in the 1999 super tornado.

CM Naveen Patnaik says Odisha has the most robust disaster management infrastructure

The CM has also shed light on developments being made in the area of ​​building sound disaster management infrastructure. He said that during the 23 years since Super Typhoon, Odisha has built the most robust infrastructure for disaster management.

Odisha’s disaster preparedness has been recognized by several countries around the world. He then also thanked all 4.5 people, the people of the state, who contributed to the development of a disaster-resistant Odisha.

Bearing in mind the significant contribution of workers from several organizations, Naveen Patnaik applauds the efforts of PRI members, Mission Shakti Group members, and frontline workers such as ASHA and Anganwadi workers. He also mentioned the significant contribution of NGOs and community level volunteers, Government Officials, ODRAF, Fire Service, NDRF and Police personnel in carrying out the actions. coordinated work to minimize human casualties.

Talking about this year’s disaster, CM said the state faces floods in the Mahanadi, Baitarani and Subarnarekha river systems. The flood caused great damage to property and affected more than 230,000 people in 16 districts. However, disaster management teams managed to evacuate nearly 2,70,000 people to safer places. Furthermore, the government ensures timely delivery of relief to the affected people.

815 shelters built since Superstorm, 55 under construction

The Minister took the opportunity to make a clear call for all stakeholders to come forward and contribute to the creation of a disaster-resistant Odisha. He announced that approximately 815 multipurpose storm and flood shelters have been created since Superstorm made landfall in the state in 1999. Along with that, 55 new shelters are being built from the Department’s Relief Fund. chief. He said that Odisha’s geographical location makes it vulnerable to natural disasters and disasters. By the time Super Cyclone attacked Odisha, the state was still unprepared. There weren’t even enough shelters at that time.

The government is also strengthening the capacity of organizations and institutions that play an important role in disaster risk reduction. It will boost the capacity of elected representatives of Panchayati Raj organizations, Metropolitan Local Authority, Mission Shakti Members, ASHA, Anganwadi Workers, Vana Surakhya Samiti (VSS) Members, etc.

(With input from ANI)

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