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Odisha plans annual disaster preparedness training

Bhubaneswar, January 18, 2018: The Odisha State Disaster Management Authority (OSDMA) has decided to have a comprehensive annual training calendar for imparting training on disaster preparedness to all the stakeholders.

The training calendar was approved by the 31st meeting of its governing body held on Thursday under the chairmanship of Chief Secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi.

The meeting discussed on the skill upgradation and enhancement of awareness among the stakeholders including ODRAF, Fire Services, Civil defence, PRI Members, School Students, NCC cadets and NSS volunteers.

It decided to upgrade all the fire stations and provide search and rescue equipment to the newly constructed 10 Odisha Disaster Rapid Action Force (ODRAF) units.

Special Relief Commissioner and OSDMA Managing Director Bishnupada Sethi briefed the governing body members on the activities being carried out by the state government and OSDMA.

The meeting also decided to speed up the process of establishing a dedicated institute namely ‘The State Institute of Disaster management’ (SIDM) at Gothapatna, Bhubaneswar.

The meeting also decided to set up a state drought monitoring Cell in OSDMA, Automated Weather Stations (AWS) in all the blocks and automated rain gauges in most of the identified gram panchayats.

In Jagatsinghpur and Puri districts, 400 identified community volunteers will be trained and equipped under Aapada Mitra scheme of NDMA.

The meeting also urged the local administration to ensure that the selected beneficiaries under World Bank assisted Odisha Disaster Recovery Project (ODRP) in Ganjam and Khurda districts vacate their old houses and move to the new ones built for them.

The people facing sea erosion in Satabhaya in Kendrapara district are being shifted to Bagapatia relocation site of Rajnagar block.

It was decided to expedite the construction of houses at relocation site including the earth filling.

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