29 October 2019
Bhubaneswar: Odisha Disaster Management Authority has continuously played a pivotal role in enhancing the State's capabilities for managing disasters. The efforts made by OSDMA, in its two decades of existence, as commendable and appreciated by policy makers and scholars worldwide, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said.
Addressing a ceremony on the occasion of, Odisha Disaster Preparedness Day and National Day of Disaster Reduction, Naveen said, the recent disasters demonstrate the need for integrating the principle resilience in every area of development planning and recovery process to achieve a substantial reduction in the economic losses.
In 2019, Odisha faced extremely severe cyclonic storm Fani which affected life and property of more than 1.65 crore people in 14 districts of the State.
"Odisha has already set global benchmark in handling disasters, and it was fully prepared to face all possible eventualities in the face of this calamity of the highest magnitude," said Naveen.
He added that the successful management of cyclone Fani and the robust rescue, relief and rehabilitation measures by public officials, volunteers and civil-society organisations deserve sincere appreciation.
Naveen extended his gratitude to the personnel of Odisha Disaster Rapid Action Force, Odisha Fire Service, National Disaster Response Force and Odisha Police for their outstanding work during such calamities.
"In the coming years, the disaster management efforts of the State will be to build resilience at all levels with focus on disaster resilient public infrastructure and services, disaster resilient housing for all and resilient livelihood and sustainable environment practices to reduce the risk of future disasters," the CM said.
On this occasion the Chief Minister felicitated Director General of Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) Mrutynjay Mohapatra. Revenue and Disaster Management Minister Sudam Marndi presided over the function and administered oath to the audience on disaster preparedness.
Chief Secretary Asit Tripathy and Managing Director OSDMA Pradeep Jena also spoke. Institutions and individuals doing good work in during disasters were awarded.