India: To avert huge losses like the 2011 Odisha floods, when 473 villages were badly hit, the Odisha State Disaster Mitigation Authority (OSDMA) released a Flood Inundation Mapping (FIM) for Kendrapara. The survey teams referred to 15 years of flood history of Kendrapara district for the mapping which has been prepared under Government of India-UNDP project on Enhancing Institutional and Community Resilience to Disaster and Climate Change-2013-17.
It is a note worthy fact that coastal district of Kendrapara witnessed severe floods 12 times from 1994 to 2013. The FIM will help the vulnerable communities and district administration understand local flood risks and make cost-effective mitigation decision, said Bholanath Mishra, environment specialist of OSDMA, on Saturday.
It would also support in development of an integrated Disaster Risk Reduction (DRD) plan. This will serve as reliable basis for adopting flood related planning, preparedness and response activities at the State, district and local level, Mishra added. The FIM will help the administration reach the vulnerable areas before flooding, said Rajanikanta Mohanty, District Emergency Officer.
Source: Indian Express