Disaster mgmt: Stress on coordination, tech

Bhubaneswar: With October setting in, the specter of natural disasters is back to haunt the State. Given the fact that occurrence of natural disaster in the moth October are high, an important meeting to tackle the situation was convened at the State Secretariat today. The meeting emphasized on proper coordination between State & Central governments in case of a probable disaster situation and setting up of an early warning mechanism.

The probability of a natural disaster in Odisha and Andhra Pradesh is high. We discussed the issues which we can handle in advance and issues related to coordination, informed R.K. Jain, the member secretary of National Disaster Management Authority.

“Odisha is a cyclone and flood-prone State and we are here to review the preparedness to tackle these disasters, and NDRF is ready to extend all possible support to the State government in this regard,” said O.P. Singh, NDRF director general.

Moreover, the meeting also discussed the ways of disaster management by leveraging modern technological know-how.
“We will now extend the use of technology in information and broadcasting to enable better dissemination of warnings to the general public,” said LS Rathore DG, India Meteorological Department.

Safety and safeguarding of life and property during natural disasters, evacuation of people to safer places, and provision of emergency services were some of the areas which were given importance during the meeting.