Marndi On Disaster Care

Sudam Marndi Minister, Revenue & Disaster Management observed that the State should remain prepared to combat any disaster whether natural or manmade including industrial and chemical disasters.

He said any sorts of disasters, the State has to chalk out road map for combating the hazards.

Mr.Marndi chaired a high level meeting to review the status of relief and restoration in the cyclone (FANI) affected areas.

So far Energy Sector is concerned nearly 100 Percent electricity restoration has been done in all the affected districts except Puri.

In Puri district, electricity has been restored to nearly 3.00 Lakh out of 3.88 Lakh affected consumers. The balance restoration work is very likely to be completed in next 10 days.

It was reported by the Panchayati Raj & Drinking Water Department and the Housing & Urban Development Department that water supply has been normalised in both rural and urban areas.

As many as 173 school buildings in Puri district and 11 in Khordha district have been fully damaged in the cyclone ‘FANI’.

Minister expressed his concern for running of these schools after reopening of the schools on 19 June after the summer vacation.

Minister asked the concerned department maintaining the school buildings such as Works, Rural Development, Panchayati Raj & Drinking Water and Housing & Urban Development Departments to take necessary steps for immediate repair/ restoration of the damaged school buildings in a time bound manner to facilitate running of the school.

Another major area where substantial damage has occurred due to cyclone ‘FANI’ is to the forest resources.

Special Secretary, Forest & Environment Department indicated that the Department has planned for planting 1.05 crore trees this year. He also mentioned about the Department’s plan for taking up coastal shelter belt plantation in an area of 6000 hectares in next 5 years.

Secretary, Health and Family Welfare Department indicated that as many as 1030 health institution buildings were damaged in the cyclone. Immediate repair has already been done to these damaged buildings.

The Chief Engineer, Flood Control & Basin Manager, Lower Mahanadi Basin, WR Department informed that mostly saline embankments and various buildings of WR Department were damaged due to the cyclone. In the mean time, all breaches occurred on saline embankments have been closed. Steps are being taken to complete the remaining damaged infrastructure.

Minister observed that whenever construction of any school or college or other Government building was being taken up in cyclone prone areas, cyclone resilient design must be adopted for such construction.

He also enquired about the functioning of the existing two Doppler Weather Radar Stations at Paradip and Gopalpur and directed to closely follow up with the Central Government for installation of Radars at the two stations Sambalpur and Balasore.

Among others, G K Dhal, Agriculture Production Commissioner, Saurabh Garg, Principal Secretary, Agriculture & Formers Welfare Department, Ashok K Meena, Principal Secretary, Finance Department, N B Dhal, Principal Secretary, Revenue & Disaster Management, Bishnupada Sethi, Special Relief Commissioner & Secretary, Disaster Management, Hemant Sharma, Secretary, Energy Department, P K Meherda, Secretary, Health & Family Welfare, Bhaskar Jyoti Sarma, Secretary, Science & Technology Department, R. Vineel Krishna, Additional Special Relief Commissioner, S Panda, Special Secretary, Forest & Environment Department and other Senior Officers of various Departments were present in the meeting.

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