Odisha CM Naveen Patanik releases ‘Cyclone FANI – Damage, Loss and Needs Assessment (DLNA) Report’

Bhubaneswar: Odisha CM Naveen Patanik releases ‘Cyclone FANI – Damage, Loss and Needs Assessment (DLNA) Report’. Odisha undertook one of the biggest human evacuations in history by shifting 1.5 million people in just 24 hours during FANIcyclone says CM Naveen Patanik while releasing ‘Cyclone FANI – Damage, Loss and Needs Assessment (DLNA) Report’ at Secretariat.

The State needs Rs 29,315 crore to recover its total losses and damages caused by the Cyclone Fani which is estimated to be Rs 24,176 crore, revealed the Damage, Loss and Needs Assessment (DLNA) report .

The DLSA report was prepared by the State Government in collaboration with the World Bank, Asian Development Bank and the United Nations. More than 100 multi-sectoral experts from the World Bank, ADB and various agencies of United Nations along with Government officials and local NGOs made the assessment across 15 sectors.

Releasing the report, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said, “The damage assessment report will provide a way forward to recovery of the State from the cyclone as well as develop a better preparedness strategy for the future. We invite the international agencies, national NGOs, the private sector and the civil society to come forward and join in the recovery and reconstruction efforts to rebuild Odisha.”

The report said that infrastructure sectors were the hardest hit and they constitute about 42 per cent of the total needs and the social sectors which include housing constitute 36 per cent of the total needs.

“The DLNA report provides an overview of the macroeconomic and human impact of the disaster and is a first step towards laying recovery roadmaps and achievement of a vision for disaster resilient Odisha. It proposes a recovery strategy built around three pillars; resilient housing, resilient infrastructure and resilient livelihoods,” said the Chief Minister.

Patnaik claimed that Odisha has set global benchmarks in handling disasters by leveraging technology, strengthening institutional capacities and building resilient measures that helped it face this calamity of national magnitude. He said the State undertook one of the biggest human evacuations in history with a record 1.5 million people being shifted in just 24 hours.

Speaking on the occassion, UN Resident Coordinator in India Renata Lok-Dessallien said, “Reducing economic losses due to disasters is critical for reducing the poverty and vulnerability of the people of Odisha. A sustained recovery effort with strong focus on ‘resilient housing’, ‘resilient infrastructure’ and resilient livelihoods’ will provide an opportunity for building resilience, meeting the sustainable development goals and improving the well-being of the people in the State.”

The Cyclone Fani, which hit the coast of the State on May 3, 2019 was one of the rarest of rare summer cyclones. It caused extensive damage and impacted life and property of more than 1.65 crore people in 14 districts of Odisha.

This year, which is the 20th year since the Super Cyclone, the Government would release a roadmap for disaster risk resilience to guide the State to remain prepared and to recover, rehabilitate and reconstruct better than the pre-disaster levels, said the Chief Minister.

Among others, Chief Secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi, Development Commissioner Asit Kumar Tripathy, Agriculture Production Commissioner Gagan Kumar Dhal, Special Relief Commissioner, Bishnupada Sethi and UN representatives were present.

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