Staff Reporter

Laudable initiative by Red Cross

23 cyclone shelters set up before super cyclone

‘ODMP model can be replicated’

BHUBANESWAR: Indian Red Cross Society on Saturday said it had completed the second phase of Orissa Disaster Mitigation Programme (ODMP) that helped inculcate culture of disaster preparedness in the community.

Besides development of dozens of cyclone shelters, the Red Cross claimed to have ensured that each and every household of the community should pay certain amount for instilling spirit of ownership.

The ODMP was the first community-based disaster preparedness programme in Orissa which was initiated in 1995 with support of Federal Republic of Germany and German Red Cross.

Addressing a press conference here, honorary secretary of Indian Red Cross Society, Orissa State branch, Mangala Prasad Mohanty said as many as 23 cyclone shelters were erected before super cyclone in 1999 and the structures saved lives of 42,000 people who took shelter under the roofs.

In the second phase, about 36 multi-purpose cyclone shelters were constructed for a population of 61,885 covering 10,435 families of 72 villages of Bhadrak, Balasore and Kendrapara district, he said.

In normal time these shelters were used as schools or other community activities which were managed and maintained by villagers who had undergone several management programmes on maintenance, first aid, psychological first aid and search and rescue, Mr. Mohanty said.

About 17,853 members had been enrolled under Red Cross in three operational districts such as Bhadrak, Balasore and Kendrapara, he said. The ODMP model could be replicated in other disaster-prone regions of the country, Red Cross honorary secretary said.