New Delhi: The UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction or UNDRR, the organisation which is the focal point of the United Nations system for disaster risk reduction, has lauded India’s metrological department for providing “pinpoint” information that helped authorities to minimize loss of life.
Denis McClean, spokesperson for the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR) said, “They seem to have done a good job in terms of minimising the possibility of a loss of life…A huge effort has been made to reduce the possibility of loss of life in this instance”
India has been focusing on zero causality policy when it comes to cyclone preparedness and in the past, has been able to prove its performances. When Extremely Severe Cyclonic Storm Phaili hit India in 2013, India was able to keep the casualty figures low at 45, despite the intensity.
Denis McClean who spoke to NDMA head said, ‘the almost pinpoint accuracy of the early warnings from the Indian Meteorological Department had allowed the authorities to conduct a well-targeted evacuation plan” which resulted in “1.1 million people many moving to about 900 cyclone shelters.”
Notably, a day after the cyclonic storm ‘Fani’ ravaged parts of Odisha, killing at least 12 people, a massive restoration and relief work was launched on war-footing Saturday across 10,000 villages and urban areas, officials said.
The extremely severe cyclonic storm, which made landfall at Odisha’s Puri on Friday, unleashed copious rain and windstorm that gusted up to 200 kmph, blowing away thatched roofs of houses, swamping towns and villages, before weakening and entering West Bengal, they said.
Around 2,000 emergency workers, along with civil society organisations, personnel of the NDRF, the Odisha Disaster Rapid Action Force (ODRAF) and one lakh officials, were engaged in the restoration work, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said in a statement, before leaving for an aerial survey of the affected areas.
(With inputs from Zee reporter Sidhant Sibal)