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10 new ODRAF units to strengthen disaster management system in State




 State government has constituted 10 new Odisha Disaster Rapid Action Force (ODRAF) units to strengthen the disaster management system in the State, Special Relief Commissioner Pradipta Kumar Mohapatra told reporters here today.

Meanwhile, all the staff of the units have been provided complete training, he said replying to queries of media persons after attending a state level empowered committee meeting chaired by Chief Secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi at the state secretariat.

Necessary equipment and machineries have been selected for the rescue and relief operations for which Rs 70 crore has been allocated by the meeting. The equipment will be provided to the ODRAF units soon, Mohapatra said adding a total 20 units including 10 new ODRAF units will be ready to face any kind of emergency in the state, he added.

The government has decided to strengthen the disaster management system and make it more efficient, he said and added all the efforts made towards it have been given a final shape at the committee meeting.

Laying emphasis on flood, cyclone and drought management at the meeting, Chief Secretary Padhi directed Odisha Disaster Management Committee for improving the efficiency of the fire officers and block level officers.

The meeting decided to install rain forecast and weather forecast equipment at blocks and panchayat level. Padhi directed the officials to link the information received from these systems with the crop insurance system.

Development Commissioner R Balakrishnan  suggested the committee to form a team for expanding the system across the State. As per the suggestion, a team comprising MeT, water resources and agriculture officers will be formed.

As part of a decisions made earlier, it was decided to set up three fire fighting forces and allocate Rs 8 crore for purchasing 15 varieties of equipment, SRC Mohapatra said.

Besides, it was decided to set up Early Warning Dissemination System in the coastal districts by April this year. There will be 122 automatic alarm systems along the 480 km-long coast through the project. This project will help people residing in the coastal regions know information about tsunami, flood and cyclone directly from the State Control Centre, Mohapatra said.

A total 600 new automatic rain and weather forecasting equipment will be installed for drought management in the State, the SRC said adding at present around 502 equipment have been installed. The new equipment will be installed in all the panchayats in phases to provide early information about drought in a particular area, he added.






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