Odisha CM praised by the UN for Disaster Management.
The UN today praised the Chief Minister of Odisha, Naveen Patnaik for his "well-resourced disaster management authority " that saved many lives during natural calamities.
“Odisha’s example gives important lessons on strengthening disaster risk governance, investing in preparedness and scenario planning while spreading a greater understanding of disaster risk,” Chief of UN office of disaster risk reduction, Mami Mizutori said in an interview to the Times of India.
“Patnaik ... has provided political commitment necessary to build a robust and well-resourced disaster management authority. In 1999, some 10,000 people died on Odisha coastline and that has never been repeated,” she said.
Previously also, UNDRE has appreciated Patnaik's actions in 2013 during cycling Phailin. During last week's Yaas cyclone, they evacuated over 7 lakh people from the coastal areas of Odisha.