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World Bank Team Visits Odisha To Assess Cyclone-FANI Damage


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26 May 2019

Bikash Sharma


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Cuttack/Puri: Different teams of World Bank and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) visited the Cyclone-hit districts in Odisha on Sunday to prepare a report on the damage caused and the relief measures carried out by district administrations.

In the worst-affected Puri, the World Bank team held a meeting with the Collector in Circuit House and took stock of the relief and restoration works. The team also did ground inspection of Tourism, Housing and Agriculture sectors.

Puri Collector Balwant Singh said, "The experts did detailed damage assessment with the concerned officers of various departments like Health, Water Supply, Ecology, Livelihood, Housing damage and Education. They will come up with a long-term solution and preparedness plan."

"The experts are also looking a psychological effects of the Cyclone on minds of the people, especially vulnerable groups like women and children," he added.

Another team had arrived at Cuttack and had a meeting with Collector Aravind Agrawal and other officials of the district administration.

During the meeting, Agrawal informed that the team has arrived to prepare damage and needs assessment report on Cyclone FANI basically to understand the damages and how to engage people in the recovery process.

The assessment is based on 17 different sectors including environment, food, water and other needs for recovery. Accordingly, the plan for future action will be prepared and the team will submit the report to Government suggesting how the district administration can strengthen their preparedness and bring people back to normalcy fast, he added.

Agrawal further informed that the teams are assessing the damage in five districts mostly affected in FANI across Odisha. Accordingly they will provide technical guidance to improve the quality of post-disaster recovery.

Programme Officer (Resilience) at UNDP, Manish Mohandas, said, "UN and World Bank is supporting government of Odisha to prepare Post-Disaster Needs Assessment (PDNA) report. In this regard we have arrived at Cuttack to take the feedback of district administration, to understand from them their methods of disaster response and what the challenges were. We will prepare the report and submit it to government of Odisha."

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Aravind Agrawal, Collector, Cuttack

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Manish Mohandas, Programme Officer (Resilience), UNDP

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Balwant Singh, Collector, Puri