UN Assess Fani Damage

Chief Secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi has underlined the importance of coordination with the international organisations which recently visited Fani-affected areas and assessed the extensive damage done to government and private properties, crops and animal resources and environment.
A high-level meeting organised today at the State Secretariat under the chairmanship of Mr.Padhi discussed with representatives of the World Bank and UNO on the post Fani construction and restoration works.
Development Commissioner Asit Kumar Tripathy, Agriculture Production Commissioner Gagan Kumar Dhal, Special Relief Commissioner Bishnupada Sethi and senior officers of different departments were present in the meeting.
 
The representatives of the World Bank and the UNO visited the cyclone-ravaged areas extensively since May 15 and have made detailed assessment of the damages and the requirements for reconstruction and restoration work.

Farmer and Farmers empowerment Principal Secretary Sourabh Garg informed the meeting that about 70 members of 11 organisatioins affiliated to the UNO, dividing themselves into various sectors, visited the affected areas and have assessed the quantum of damage in different fields.

The organizations include, UNDP, UNFPA, UNICEF, WHO, World Food Programme, UNESCO, FAO, ILO, World Bank and ADB.
Construction of cyclone-resistant residential houses, private buildings, Creation of cyclone-resistant infrastructure, creation of coastal safety zone, alternative livelihood in the coastal areas, water resources, health and sanitation and supply of electricity were the topics of discussion in the meeting.

Chief Secretary Mr.Padhi stressed the rescheduling of the ADB and World Bank projects in the State and underlined the necessity of setting up an international calamity institute in the State, besides maintaining proper coordination with the international organizations in matters of reconstruction and restoration work.
Fani which struck Odisha on May 3 was more ferocious than the super cyclone that ravaged Odisha in October 1999.
The severe cyclone this time affected 11 districts, including six coastal districts with maximum damage, throwing life in general out of gear and creating an emergency-like situation.
The Naveen Patnaik government, in the thick of general election, was lavishly praised by international organisations and political rival Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the government’s timely action that saved thousands of lives.
The worst affected districts were Puri, Khordha, Nayagarh, Cuttack, Jagatsinghpur and Kendrapara.
Despite brisk restoration taken up by the government with hundreds of technical workers brought from neighbouring states, power restoration is still a dream.
It will take several years to restore the brutalized environment in the worst affected districts including the State Capital itself.  
 


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