India – In a move aimed at boosting the disaster preparedness activities and including more disasters in the recognised list of disasters for extending compensation, the State Government has decided to update the Orissa Relief Code of 1980.
The draft code will be prepared soon for clearance. It was last updated in 1996. Disaster management committees in the district and block-level would be involved in a big way under the new code. The new recognised list of disasters will include tsunami, lightning and earthquake among others.
OSDMA has identified about 328 places along the coastal place in Orissa,which are prone to tsunami, said OSDMA project coordinator Gyana Ranjan Das, adding, the new relief code is expected to be implemented by the year-end.
Tsunami vulnerability mapping of six coastal districts has also been initiated on GIS platform and preparedness programme will be taken up in 328 villages in six coastal districts with the support of UNDP.
OSDMA would soon sign an MoU with Orissa Remote Sensing Application Centre for development of GIS-based Orissa Disaster Management Information System. The data on GIS platform will act as a decision support system for disaster management.
Das said, the ISRO has also approved setting up of 220 automated weather stations in the State, and their locations are being finalised in consultation with the district collectors.
Addressing mediapersons here on Wednesday on the sidelines of a workshop on disaster reduction, he informed that measures have already been initiated to implement the urban earthquake vulnerability reduction programme in Cuttack, Bhubaneswar and Sambalpur.
Similarly, the Government of India-UNDP assisted disaster risk management programme is being implemented in 23,263 villages under 3,210 gram panchayats of 155 blocks in 16 districts.