**Bhubaneswar: ** As Odisha is prone to natural disasters every year and every unexpected moment, especially cyclone and lightning as well as floods during the rains, and also loss of lives and property cause huge loss to both the people and the State Administration, Odisha Government has collaborated with the Regional Integrated Multi-Hazard Early Warning System (RIMES) for Asian Pacific for enhancing disaster management in the State here.
A crucial meeting was held at the State Secretariat attended by Odisha Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) and RIMES Asia Pacific Director.
Later briefing media, Odisha Special Relief Commisioner (SRC) Bishnupada Sethi said, “Regional Integrated Multi-Hazard Early Warning System for Asian Pacific is an inter-governmental organisation whose headquarters is in Bangkok. Its secretariat is in Maldives.”
“Today we held a detailed discussion on how to tackle the natural calamities that occur in Odisha. We’ll make collaboration with them and whatever best practices are there in the Asia Pacific region will be adopted by us in Odisha. For instance, Sri Lanka has best practices in tackling lightning. Hence, whathever best practices pertaining to disaster management are being implemented in the foreign countries will be utilised by us,” he informed.
He further informed, “Besides, weather stations have been set up in Odisha’s 6000 Gram Panchayats. Hence, the enormous data generated from them will be used for weather forecast by the State Administration. And also the impact of the various disasters in Odisha like cyclone, flood etc will be assessed. Above all we discussed how to use the best of the science.”
RIMES Director Dr M. Subeya stated, “RIMES is functioning from Pacific Asia to African nations. We provide solutions to all these countries. The best practices, suppose very good practices dealing with lightning and heat wave and some others, can be brought here into Odisha. Odisha’s best practices can also be taken to other countries.”
On being queried if RIMES is a private organisation or government body or corporation, Dr Subeya replied, “It’s an inter-governmental, international institution under UNO. It’s not a private institution.”