Odisha CM chaired state-level disaster management meeting; stresses on early preparedness, quick rescue & restoration

Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister  Naveen Patnaik, presiding over the State level Natural Calamity Committee Meeting, today, through Video Conference, emphasised upon advanced preparedness, fast rescue and restoration. He further said that our preparation to manage the calamities should be dynamic, holistic and participatory.

Chief Minister Sri Naveen Patnaik said that Odisha has been affected by recurring calamities like flood, drought and cyclones. A number of disaster risk reduction measures and capacity building steps taken by the State have not only earned accolades but also supported our neighbouring States. He advised to follow experience based Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) in order to manage the calamities.

Chief Minister thanked the people of Odisha for their whole hearted cooperation in containing COVID-19 situation and managing a number of calamities such as Fani, Bulbul and recent cyclone Amphan. We have learned from our past experiences and strengthened ourselves in subsequent preparedness, he said.

Describing the period from June to October as crucial, Hon’ble Chief Minister directed all the Departments and functionaries to follow community level preparedness based on capacity building and experience in managing natural calamities.

Keeping in view the possible flood and cyclone situation in future, steps have been taken to open Control Rooms in each district headquarters from 1st June to 30th November and to install 15 temporary VHF Centres in flood prone areas having no telecommunication facilities. 20 ODRAF Teams have been kept ready for emergency operations and 796 numbers of Shelter Centres out of 879 have been repaired. Minister, Revenue & Disaster Management, Leader of Opposition, Members of the Council Ministers, MPs, MLAs and Senior Officers participated in the meeting.

Today, in a High level Meeting, Chief Secretary Sri Asit Tripathy reviewed the progress of establishment of a hospital for heart patients at Jharsuguda.
The proposed hospital will come up on more than 5 Acres of land with an estimated cost of Rs. 75 Crore before March 2021. The hospital will be established with financial support from Mahanadi Coal Fields Ltd. (MCL) and partnership of Care Hospital.