A team of 22 members from Watershed Development Department, Rajasthan visited OSDMA on 24.04.2018. The team is on a five days visit from 21.04.2018 to 25.04.2018 to Odisha.
The main aim of the visit was to have a better understanding about the different aspects of managing disaster, especially Drought & Crop Weather Watch.
The team was appraised about the origin, aim & objectives of OSDMA, its focus of work, post-super cyclone disaster management initiatives and reconstruction activities. Learning from super cyclone 1999 to successful management of cyclone Phailin 2013 and cyclone Hudhud 2014. Provision of disaster resilient houses to about 16,000 houses under Odisha Disaster recovery Project of cyclone Phailin affected districts (Ganjam and Khurda). Disaster management mechanisms like construction of multi-purpose cyclone shelters & flood shelters, early warning system for the coastal districts, first disaster response by the skilled & well equipped force like ODRAF & Fire Service response forces. Capacity building of the community with various Capacity building programmes.
Besides, the team had a brief orientation on the State Drought Monitoring Cell that aims at monitoring & combating drought with about 320 weather stations & about 6000 Automated Rain Gauges across the state.
The team highly appreciated the efforts made by the State Government in managing the cyclone Phailin and disaster management activities taken up by OSDMA.