Two coastal villages of Odisha has been acknowledged as ‘Tsunami Ready’ by UNESCO which makes Odisha as the first in the Indian Ocean region to accomplish this honour.
PK Jena, the Additional Chief Secretary, informed that due to the overall readiness to face this natural calamity the first two coastal village in Odisha has been honoured with this tag from Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO.
Venkatraipur village of Rangeilunda block in Ganjam district and Noliasahi village of Ersama block in Jagatsinghpur district are the two coastal to be honoured with ‘Tsunami Ready’ tag.
As these two villages have fulfilled all the 11 parameters of being Tsunami ready hence they be will be honoured from UNESCO. On 26th December 2004 tsunami triggered by an earthquake of 9.1-9.3 magnitude on the Richter Scale in the Indian ocean which destroyed around 14 countries in the Indian Ocean region.
This had also killed around 2.3 lakh people when most of them were in Indonesia. To which the board visited these two villages & was satisfied when all the criteria were fulfilled recommended by the UNESCO-IOC.
The ‘Certificate of Recognition’ will be handed over by a virtual event. The certificate will be given over to the communities of Venkatraipur and Noliasahi as Tsunami Ready villages. As the Managing Director of State Disaster Management Authority (OSDMA), Pradeep Jena will be accepting the certificate from UNESCO.
Intergovernmental Coordination Group will organise the virtual event for the Indian Ocean Tsunami Warning and Mitigation System (ICG/IOTWMS) Secretariat in Perth, Australia and the Indian Ocean Tsunami Information Centre (IOTIC) in Jakarta, Indonesia.
This programme is based on the list which promotes Tsunami preparation as an enthusiastic alliance of the association, community leaders and national and local emergency management agencies.
This programme helps to improve the coastal community preparedness in case of a Tsunami emergency. It will help to ensure that we are all preparing for this natural calamity and to minimise the loss of life and property.
Article Written by Dikhya Mohanty
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