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Shah Cites Odisha Example


Union Minister Home Affairs Amit Shah has presented the example of Odisha, while highlighting the India’s effort to reduce preventable deaths and other losses from disaster.

Home Minister cited the example of Odisha’s effective handling of Phaillin, Hudhud and Fani in the recent past, which hit the Eastern State, but the State Administration had been able to reduce deaths in Natural calamities.
Mr.Shah said that this was the direct outcome of a series of policy initiatives and enhancement of early warning capabilities, advance preparation, training and capacity development.
During the Super Storm FANI, loss of lives was reduced to 64 persons compared to 10,000 lives in the 1999 Odisha Super Cyclone.
In the other words, in a little over a decade, India has been able to reduce the loss of lives to less than 1Percent in the comparisons to that of past, Mr.Shah said.
Mr.Shah pointed out these aspects while inaugurating the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Joint Exercise on Urban Earthquake Search & Rescue (SCOJtEx)-2019 in New Delhi, today.
The Exercise is being organized by the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) from November 4-7, 2019.
The exercise is the outcome of 9th Meeting of the Heads of Government Departments of SCO countries dealing with the prevention and elimination of emergency situations in Kyrgyzstan during 2017, in which India offered to organize the next Annual Disaster Management Exercise for the region.
Talking about India’s focus on disaster resilient infrastructure to minimize deaths, Mr. Shah informed that India is championing a Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure, which will be multi-hazard oriented and will also help in minimizing the losses to property and infrastructure.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched this Coalition during the UN Climate Summit in New York.
This global Coalition for disaster resilient infrastructure would address concerns that are common to developing and developed countries, small and large economies and countries that have moderate or high risk.
Focus on disaster resilient infrastructure would simultaneously address the loss reduction targets under the Sendai framework, address a number of SDGs and also contribute to climate change adaptation, he added.
Mr.Shah also highlighted that India has established the Tsunami Early Warning System for the Indian Ocean RIM countries. India has launched the South Asia Geostationary Communication Satellite to improve communication, weather forecasting, etc. among the South Asian countries.
He underlined that after Gujarat Earthquake-2001, the ‘Owner Driven Reconstruction for Housing’ was first implemented in Gujarat which has now been adopted by many countries after the Indian Ocean Tsunami and in Nepal after the 2015 Nepal Earthquake. Today, this project has become a globally accepted model for housing construction after a disaster, he added.
The Home Minister further said that during the Nepal Earthquake in 2015, Government of India launched ‘Operation Maitri’ and provided all types of support to Nepal including rescue, relief and reconstruction activities in the affected areas.
Considering the importance of reconstruction and rehabilitation efforts, India committed assistance of US $ 1 billion for this purpose.
He expressed hope that over next few days besides focusing on joint exercise, delegations will have the opportunity to share their country’s experience and acquire the skills of others as well.
During this four day long simulation exercise, there will be a Joint Urban Earthquake Search & Rescue Exercise for SCO member states, SCO experts meeting of Ministries responsible for Prevention and Elimination of Emergency Situation, followed by 10th Meeting of Heads of Departments of Disaster Prevention of SCO member States.
 


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