It is hightime for Odisha to draw long term plans to tackle natural disasters (Cyclones): An introspection
Lokanath Suar, Prabir Pattnaik
The state of Odisha is hit by major cyclones in every alternative year. With this, every year natural disasters like cyclone, floods, droughts, earthquakes, lightening and heat waves kill thousands of people and destroy billions of dollars of habitat and property. It is a fact that the state administration have learnt lot of lessons from the past disasters, but still the administration is yet to recognize itself to combat the natural disasters. Whilst, nature cannot be regulated and natural event or disasters cannot be avoided, it could be introduced comprehensive long term strategies to prevent natural disasters and to mitigate their effects on human life, infrastructure and properties. What the administrations need to do is to design a long term strategy for disaster management. The disaster management Act was enacted in 2005 to streamline the mitigation of natural disaster, but for its proper implementation the government must reorganize its support agencies.