While Odisha Government this time did not demanded any immediate financial assistance as Government of India is fighting Novel Corona Virus and under financial stress, however a happy Prime Minister Mr.Modi of his own announced an advance assistance of Rs.500 Crore for immediate requirement.
Pradeep Jena, ACS Disaster Management and Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) said Odisha Model of “Zero Casualty” approach has been appreciated by Prime Minister.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi was very happy with handling of natural disasters by Team Odisha, which has been role model for others.
In fact Odisha has opted for Mid Term and Long Term support for cyclone resilient infrastructure in the State.
Mr.Jena said that there has been no loss of human life in the state due to extremely severe cyclone Amphan though it affected nearly 45 lakh people and damaged a large number of houses in the coastal districts.
The State Government, while preparing the strategy for tackling the calamity, had set a zero casualty target.
This is the first time that there has been no cyclone related death in the state, officials said.
Chief Secretary Asit Tripathy said that based on the forecast by the IMD, the state government made all preparations which resulted in zero casualties.
"We shifted two lakh people from vulnerable and low-lying areas and this helped us save human lives," CS Mr.Tripathy said.
During its 21 years in the office, the Naveen Patnaik Government has faced at least half-a-dozen cyclones -- Phailin (2013), Hudhud (2014), Titli (2018) Fani and Bulbul (2019) and now Amphan.
Mr.Patnaik assumed the office of the Chief Minister in 2000 in the backdrop of the Super Cyclone of 1999, in which at least 10,000 people were killed and the state was completely devastated.
Immediately after assuming charge, Mr.Patnaik established the Odisha State Disaster Management Authority (OSDMA) and prepared a roadmap to tackle calamities such as cyclones and floods, said former Chief Secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi, who successfully dealt with very severe cyclones Titli and Fani.
Now natural disaster management is forte of Odisha Government, which has received accolades from both national and international organizations, said Mr.Padhi.