Bhubaneswar: On the occasion of Odisha Disaster Preparedness Day and National Day of Disaster Reduction today, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik appreciated the populace of the state for their determination and solidarity to build a disaster-resilient State.
Addressing the audience and the media at the Rabindra Manda in Bhubaneswar, Patnaik stated: ” In 2019, Odisha faced Extremely Severe cyclonic Storm FANI, which hit Odisha coast on 3rd May affecting, 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. The successful management of the cyclone FANI and the robust rescue, relief and rehabilitation measures by public officials. volunteers and civil-society organisations deserve sincere appreciation. I take this opportunity also to extend my gratitude to the brave Jawans of Odisha Disaster Rapid Action Force, Odisha Fire Service. National Disaster Response Force and Odisha Police for their outstanding work. ”
Besides this, the Odisha CM also acknowledged the OSDMA and said, “The Odisha State Disaster Management Authority (OSDMA) 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. are commendable and appreciated by policymakers and scholars worldwide.
“The recent disasters demonstrate the need for integrating the principle of resilience in every area of development planning and recovery process to achieve a substantial reduction in economic losses. In the coming years, the disaster management efforts of the State will be to build resilience at all levels with a 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,” added Patnaik.
Reportedly, Revenue Minister Sudam Marandi presided over the function and administered the oath to the audience on disaster preparedness.
On this occasion, the Chief Minister also felicitated the India Meteorological Department (IMD) Director-General Dr Mrutyunjay Mohapatra. Chief Secretary Asit Tripathy and OSDMA’s Managing Director Pradeep Jena were also present at the event.
Various organisations and personalities were awarded for their contribution during the period of the disaster.