Bhubaneswar, June 22 (LocalWire): Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik unveiled a Flood Hazard Atlas for Odisha during the state-level Natural Calamity Committee meeting here on Saturday.
Speaking on the occasion, the CM said that while Odisha experienced multiple natural disasters during 2018-19, including cyclone Titli and Fani, the state was able to successfully manage these threats due to its effective preparedness and timely response.
The Chief Minister also highlighted that the state had set a very high global standard in disaster management.
Launching the Flood Hazard Atlas, CM Patnaik said that it will help in identifying the vulnerable areas of the sate so that apt plans and preparedness could be made to tackle the issue.
“This atlas will especially help in flood management,” he stated.
Notably, the Flood Hazard Atlas has been made after ascertaining data of floods during 2000-2018.
The analysis reveals that around 14 lakh hectares of agricultural land are affected by floods every year.
The Atlas could help identify the most-affected area to be kept in focus.
The atlas has been prepared jointly by the National Remote Sensing Centre (NRSC) of ISRO, Hyderabad and Odisha State Disaster Management Authority (OSDMA).
The meeting was attended by the agriculture minister Arun Sahoo, revenue and disaster management minister Sudam Marndi, I&PR and irrigation minister Raghunandan Das, NRSC director Dr Dibakar, chief secretary AP Padhi, development commissioner Asit Tripathy and special relief commissioner Bishnupada Sethi.