Bhubaneswar, August 30 (LocalWire): Nearly 50% of the sprawling multi-purpose cyclone shelter buildings that were built as part of the protective infrastructure for people during cyclone and flood are not in proper shape, according to a survey by the state Revenue and Disaster Management Department.
Of the 770 multi-purpose shelters established across the state, 383 are either in bad shape or ill-maintained and need to be repaired urgently.
Aware of the state of affairs, the state government has allocated Rs 2,298 crore for the refurbishment of these shelter houses, which form a vital component of disaster control mechanism.
The Rural Works Department has been entrusted with executing the project. At least 6 lakh will be spent for undertaking repair of each of the shelter houses, earmarked for refurbishment, said officials of the Revenue and Disaster Management Department.
These shelter houses turned into temporary homes for an estimated 12 lakh people from vulnerable areas as they were evacuated to safety as 3 May when cyclone Fani hit the coastal Odisha bringing in its wake trails of devastation.
The buildings are designed to withstand wind speed up to 300 kilometre per hour and endure moderate earthquakes. Its plinth area stood above High Flood Line (HFL) so that it could remain unaffected in storm surge up to the first-floor level.
Precious human lives could be saved in Odisha due to these shelter houses despite a series of cyclonic storms that struck the coastal state during the past two decades.