Bhubaneswar, June 23: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today chaired a meeting of the state-level Disaster Management Committee through video conferencing and emphasised the state government’s approach to manage the disaster.
He also directed all concerned departments to remain prepared in advance to face possible floods or any other natural disaster during the monsoon.
The CM said that the Southwest monsoon is now in effect in Odisha. Natural disasters such as storms and floods can occur during this time. “We have to be fully prepared to deal with any situation,” he added.
The Chief Minister said that despite the impact of the epidemic, Odisha has managed to cope with various disasters. Our policy for disaster management is ‘all lives are precious’.
“Odisha is one of the most disaster-affected states in our country. We regularly deal with floods, storms, and droughts. Climate change is expected to intensify, with more disasters occurring. In 2020-21, the state was hit by cyclone Amphan and Yaas” he said.
All information systems, rescue and relief programs, drinking water supplies, health and animal care must be properly prepared. The Chief Minister has directed to keep the control rooms open in all the districts and departments concerned.
Besides, the Chief Minister advised concerned officials to pay special attention to pregnant women, differently abled persons, children, widows and the elderly during the relief and rescue operations.
The chief minister said community participation is the most important factor during disaster management. “The state government has decided to provide training students and civil servants and representatives in disaster management, and our society must always be prepared to deal with the dangers of nature,” he said.