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New Imperatives
 
The concept of disaster management has undergone a paradigm shift from relief, restoration and rehabilitation to planning, preparedness and prevention. In addition to this, the concept of multi-stakeholder approach involving Government, International and local NGOs, Civil Society and the community is given a concrete shape by addressing the complex issues of disaster management in the State. Some initiatives undertaken for better management of floods 2008 are mentioned below.

Preparedness Activities
 
  • Holding of special preparatory meeting on 2nd August, 2008 in connection with the Mahanadi river system under the Chairmanship of Hon’ble Minister Revenue and Disaster Management, emphasizing actionable points;
  • Officers of the Special Relief Organization led by Additional Relief Commissioner and Joint Relief Commissioner visited flood prone Cuttack, Kendrapara, Jagatsinghpur, Jajpur, Ganjam,Keonjhar, Bhadrak, Balasore and Puri Districts to take stock of the flood preparedness in relation to deployment of boats,pre positioning of foodstuff and cattle feed, strengthening of weak & vulnerable points in the river/canal embankments etc.
  • Timely information on Low pressure/ Depression to all Collectors/ Departments / Blocks / Tahashil / Gram Panchayats;
  • Instruction to District Collectors to hold advance preparedness meeting ;
  • Authorization to District Collectors for requisition of all type of boats (country and motorized) for rescue and relief operation ;
  • Instruction to all Divisional Commissioners to strengthen the Control Room at the Divisional Level ;
  • Preposition of foodstuff in inaccessible, vulnerable and strategic locations ;
  • Restriction of plying of mineral loaded vehicles on Duburi-Paradeep road for smooth transportation of relief materials ;
  • Advance placement of funds for both stocking of foodstuff and transportation purposes;
  • Detailed and continuous IEC activities in Newspapers/ Electronic and Print Media to create awareness among people;
  • Requisition of Helicopters of the IAF for relief and rescue;
  • House Building assistance, Agriculture input subsidy and sandcast subsidy etc have been provided to the beneficiaries through A/C payee cheque to maintain transparency.
  • The top level engagement in the disaster management has provided a better dimension to the management of the high floods. Visit of the Head of the Government to the Control Room (SEOC) provided an orientation appropriate to the seriousness of the crisis.
  • The deputation of senior officers to the affected Districts under ICS with enough delegation of authority ensured a decentralized approach, which facilitated the on-the-spot decision making mechanism.
  • An optimal use of resources within the state during floods is the hallmark of flood management.
  • The concept of “GATE-WAY DISTRICT” is again fine-tuned. The district administration of Balasore, Sambalpur, Cuttack, Baragarh, Khordha and Nayagarh played major roles in mobilizing support for the affected districts.
  • Panchayati Raj Institutions (PRIs) played key role in relief and rescue operation.
  • Prioritizing the problem locations and focusing on the worst hit areas and population is the essence of disaster management. Use of GIS-based scientific tools helped in identifying the problem locations in advance.
  • Involvement of Public Sector Undertakings (PSUs) in flood management is a new approach.
  • Daily press briefing by the administration helped proper dissemination of information.
  • Daily situation report on floods to Government of India and through web-site helped also proper dissemination of information.
  • Requisition of Boats of NDMA for relief and rescue;
  • Issue of high alert to Cuttack, Puri, Kendrapara, Jagatsinghpur;
  • Evacuation of people of low lying areas of Cuttack, Puri, Kendrapara, Jagatsinghpur to nearby school buildings and cyclone shelters;
  • Coordination with the IMD, Flood Cell of DoWR, CWC and with the authority of the Hirakud Dam Division;
  • Mobilization of ODRAF units;
  • Deployment of senior officers as per the Incident Command System(ICS);
  • Suspension of schools for use of school buildings as temporary shelters ;
  • 1000 MT polythene has been procured to meet the urgent need of the people during floods.
 
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