Visakhapatnam is one of the two cities in the State that will get a Climate Risk Management Plan, the other being Vijayawada.

All over the country eight cities have been selected for the plan because of their vulnerability.

Addressing a workshop on Thursday, Municipal Commissioner M.V. Satyanarayana said the city blessed with natural beauty was also vulnerable to disasters caused by climate change like tsunami, storms, flash floods and epidemics. The plan is meant to save the city from loss of life and property. If a firm plan is in place it will help face better any disaster that might befall the city. Global consulting firm RMSI will prepare the plan and all officials should help carry out the exercise well.

Survey

United Nations Development Programme State Project Officer B. Nagendra Kumar said areas that would be hit in case of a natural disaster would be identified and a survey carried out. Plans to save loss of life and property will be incorporated in the plan. M. Muralikrishna of RMSI made a presentation on “Multi hazardous risk and vulnerability analysis for Visakhapatnam City.”

Additional Commissioners M. Janaki, K. Ramesh, P. Poornachandra Rao, Chief Engineer B. Jayarami Reddy, Chief City Planner S. Balakrishna, Deputy Commissioner (Revenue) R. Somannarayana and Andhra University professors, Bala Prasad and Sudhir Kumar participated.

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