Odisha govt plans Disaster Mgmt Training Institute

Bhubaneswar: The State Government on Tuesday decided to set up a Disaster Management Training Institute in Odisha to impart safety training on natural disasters and especially flood mitigation.
Official sources said, the ODRAF (Odisha Disaster Rapid Action Force) and Fire Service personnel would be trained on relief and rescue operation during natural disasters like flood, cyclone and earthquake. Besides, emphasis would also be laid on planning, preparedness and prevention along with relief, restoration and rehabilitation, they added. 
In today’s disaster management authority meeting, chaired by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik it was also decided that to strengthen the existing ODRAF and Fire Service personnel, and expedite relief and rescue operations, NCC and NSS cadets across the State would be trained. 
“These trained cadets will help the existing ODRAF units in respective districts to meet any eventuality,” special relief commissioner Pradipta Kumar Mohapatra said adding as many as 1,000 high school students would also be given training on flood response and safety.
The official informed that the State has so far received 9% excess rainfall while three districts – Bhadrakh, Boudh and Jagatsinghpur have recorded less rain.