Bhubaneswar, May 9 (LocalWire): Thailand-based Regional Integrated Multi-hazard Early Warning System appreciated the Odisha state disaster management authority’s pro-active use of IMD forecasts to set up planning that helped lessen the damage and loss of life and set an exemplary model on hazard impact forecast-informed preparedness.
RIMES is an international and inter-governmental institution, registered with the United Nations and owned and managed by its member states in Asia and Africa, for the generation and application of early warning information. It was formed following the tsunami aftermath in 2004.
In a letter RIMES director AR Subbiah congratulated OSDMA managing director, Bishnupada Sethi, for planning days before the cyclone impact, pre-positioning human and material resources for rescue and relief, vigorous warnings to populations at risk and accomplishing the gargantuan task of evacuating about 1.2 million people.
He appreciated the strong leadership of OSDMA and its dedicated staff and selfless volunteers in the successful management of Cyclone Fani.
He also wrote that documentation of successes and lessons from this extreme weather event would be a noteworthy undertaking for dissemination/ sharing to countries in the region and beyond.
It also extended its support and collaboration with OSDMA to replicate lessons learned from its experience with other RIMES countries.