‘Titli’ aftermath: Odisha to construct cyclone shelters in non-coastal dists

Bhubaneswar: Since many of the non-coastal districts of Odisha, like Gajapati, are becoming vulnerable to cyclone on account of climate changes, Odisha State Disaster Management Authority will initiate activities like construction of cyclone shelters, capacity building etc as done in the coastal districts in a time bound manner.

A decision in this regard was taken at the meeting of the State Executive Committee (SEC) constituted under the Disaster Management Act held under the chairmanship of AP Padhi, Chief Secretary.

In addition to the existing 12 numbers of Community Mobilizers engaged by OSDMA under NCRMP in 6 coastal districts, 19 additional number of Community Mobilizers shall be engaged to look after the shelter level social mobilization, community level capacity building activities, monitoring & use of the shelter level equipment and coordination between shelter management committee, Block, District & State administration and other stakeholders in the matter of disaster management.

Pending construction of the required building and other infrastructure for the State Institute of Disaster Management (SIDM) to be set up in Campus of Revenue Officers’ Training Institute (ROTI) at Gothapatna, Bhubaneswar, the SEC approved the proposal to set up the SIDM in the Swagat building in the premises of Gopabandhu Academy of Administration, Bhubaneswar and sanctioned an amount of Rs 1 crore for the purpose.

Among other decisions taken in the meeting, a study will be instituted on the mapping of landslide prone areas to identify the critically landslide vulnerable area in the state.

The study would also give emphasis on requirement of new hill shelters & its design, selection of suitable sites and re-relocation site, wherever required.

OSDMA shall take up the study involving the National level organizations which have expertise on landslide mapping in the country. Besides, the vulnerability mapping shall be done for the districts adjoining the coastal districts.

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