Bhubaneswar, June 13 (LocalWire): The state government has requested the Ministry of Home Affairs to facilitate grants from the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR), a global partnership, for restoration and rehabilitation work in post-Fani Odisha.
In a letter written to the union home secretary Rajiv Gauba, the state chief secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi said that, considering the devastation that has been caused by the cyclone, Odisha will require larger funds not only for recovery but also for enhancing the resilience of communities and settlements in coastal areas, expanding better infrastructure investments, enhancing institutional capacity and financial mechanisms to manage the impact of natural disasters in future.
“Odisha, as you are aware, is prone to frequent natural calamities that affect the speedy growth of the State.
We need to be as disaster-proof as possible to keep pace with the growth of the rest of the country,” the chief secretary said in the letter.
He reiterated that the extremely severe cyclonic storm Fani that hit Odisha coast on 3 May 2019 had caused widespread devastation in the coastal and adjoining areas of the state, disrupting the socio-economic fabric of nearly 165.56 lakh population.
While the cyclone has damaged the standing crops, including horticulture and orchards, the fishing community has been severely affected due to huge losses to their boats and nets, the letter stated.
The letter also highlighted the impact on the sectors like tourism, handloom and handicraft, loss to livestock and sericulture farms, and massive damage to public properties like electrical installations, telecommunications infrastructure, government buildings, canal/river embankments, roads, bridges, and water bodies.
GFDRR is a global partnership managed by World Bank that helps developing countries better understand and reduce their vulnerabilities to natural hazards and adapt to climate change.