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Disasters Spring Surprise


Saying that ‘Changing scale, type and scope of disasters is giving more surprises now’, Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) Bishnupada Sethi emphasised that ‘there is no way that we can ignore risks and yet expect to reduce disaster distresses.


Mr. Sethi was addressing in the inaugural session of two-day long state level consultation on ‘Risk Informed Development’ which started at Bhubaneswar on Friday.

The consultation was jointly organised by Odisha State Disaster Management Authority (OSDMA), UNICEF, IAG and Oxfam India.

Gagan Kumar Dhal, APC graced the occasion along with IAG
 State Chief, Aurobindo Behera, UNICEF Chief Monica Nelson and others.

Senior officials of the government departments, district level offices associated with planning and disaster management, scientists and experts, civil society representatives working on disaster risk reduction discussed on the need and ways to integrate risks in planning and development action.

The consultation focussed on eight important sectors – Health, Water, Sanitation, Education, Child Protection, Livelihoods, Food Security, Shelter & Infrastructure.

Principal Secretary of Agriculture, Saurabh Garg,  national and international experts like Vinod Menon; Chandran Ghosh of National Institute of Disaster Management; Director General of ICAR, Trilochan Mahapatra; agriculture scientist and gene activist SumanSahai; Somnath Hazra; P K Das; Pankaj Anand, Director of Oxfam India, UNICEF’s sector experts, Vivek Virender Singh, Laxminarayan Nanda, SipraSaxena; and other experts and researchers provided leads for discussion in the consultation.

Dwelling on the backdrops of recent disasters and briefing on the objective of the consultation, Regional Manager of Oxfam India Akshaya Biswal said that development initiatives can affect us both ways as poor integration of risks will increase our disaster distress and good integration of risks will reduce our disaster risks; and hence this consultation expects to speed up coordinated actions to identify and integrate risks.

Different sessions were moderated by Ambika Nanda, former UNDP State Head and CSR head of Tata Steel; Abha Mishra, UNDP State Head, Kirti Mishra, Chief of CRS; Vivek Virender Singh of UNICEF; and Manoranjan Behera, coordination of IAG-Odisha.
 


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