Bhubaneswar: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today released ‘Flood Hazard Atlas of Odisha’ in the Chief Minister’s Conference Room in presence of Ministers and Secretaries of Cooperation, Agriculture & Farmers’ Empowerment, Revenue & Disaster Management, Water Resources, Chief Secretary, Development Commissioner, SRC and Chief Engineer of Flood Control.
Presiding over the State Level Committee on Natural Calamities in Conference Hall No.3 near R.D. Department, the Chief Minister said that flood has been a regular natural calamity and every year it has been causing loss to life, property and livelihood. This atlas would help in identifying the vulnerable areas so that apt plans and preparedness could be made to tackle it. This atlas will specially benefit the State Government in flood management.
As per a press note released by the Chief Minister’s Office (CMO), the atlas has been prepared by analyzing the flood-related data of Odisha between 2000-2008. The analysis reveals that flood affects 14 lakh hectares of cultivable land in Odisha every year. This atlas would now help the State Administration in focusing on the vulnerable areas.
The Chief Minister’s opening remarks on the occasion were:
· Our State experienced multiple natural disasters during the preceding year 2018-19 including the Very Severe Cyclonic Storm “TITLI”. At the beginning of this year, we faced Extremely Severe Cyclonic Storm “FANI”.
· We have been able to successfully manage these disasters due to our effective preparedness and appropriate timely response. In fact, Odisha has set high global standards in disaster management.
· In view of the prediction of the India Meteorological Department for a normal Monsoon this year, chances of flooding would also be there. Enhanced preparedness has to be ensured at all levels to meet any eventuality. At the same time, the State has to remain fully prepared for any drought situation.
· Water Resources Department must ensure that all the breaches in the embankments are closed.
· The Odisha Disaster Rapid Action Force and Fire Service Organisation must remain fully prepared with boats and other rescue equipment.
· Food Supplies & Consumer Welfare Department must take necessary steps for pre-positioning of adequate food materials.
· Rural Development and Housing & Urban Development Departments have to make necessary prior arrangements for supply of safe drinking water.
· Sufficient temporary shelter materials must be stored in the district.
· Health & Family Welfare Department must make necessary advance arrangements to take care of health and hygiene in the flood affected areas to prevent outbreak of any epidemic.
· Fisheries & Animal Resources Development Department should take similar steps for the bovine population.
· Moreover, all Departments must remain in utmost preparedness for immediate restoration of public utilities.
· Hon’ble Members may offer their valuable suggestions to further strengthen the preparedness of the State to face any possible natural calamity situation.
Notably, the ‘Flood Hazard Atlas of Odisha’ has been prepared jointly by Hyderabad-based ISRO’s National Remote Sensing Centre (NRSC) and Odisha State Disaster Management Authority (OSDMA).
Prominent among others, the special occasion was attended by Odisha Revenue & Disaster Management Minister Sudam Marandi, Agriculture Minister Arun Sahoo, Information & Public Relations (I&PR) and Water Resources Minister Raghunandan Das, NRSC (ISRO) Director Dr Dibakar, Chief Secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi, Development Commissioner Asit Kumar Tripathy and Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) Bishnupada Sethi.