Staff Reporter

NAGAPATTINAM: In an effort to document disaster risk reduction features put in place by the Tamil Nadu government under its recovery programme, a team led by J.Radhakrishnan, Assistant Country Director, United Nations Development Fund, toured the district on Tuesday and Wednesday.

The two-day tour sought to document the global facility for disaster risk reduction for the World Bank. The team inspected the early warning system (EWS) installed with the support of the UNDP at Vanagiri village in Poompuhar.

The team also ascertained disaster risk reduction features such as avenues for last main connectivity in the event of a disaster, information transmission to the grassroots, public address system and wireless connectivity to the Collectorate and Block Development Offices.

“Risk reduction is not necessarily structural. Since, vulnerability entails structural, social and economic, risk reduction should also envisage structural, social and economic aspects,” Mr.Radhkrishnan told The Hindu over phone.

They visited about 200 vulnerable houses in Pillaiperumanallur that had escape routes laid to a length of 1.6 kms at a cost of Rs.29 lakh along with improved community cyclone structures.

Mr.Radhakrishnan commended the participation of SHGs that are volunteering for the sustenance of disaster risk reduction activities of the government.

According to Mr. Radhakrishnan, vulnerability is tackled by improving the coping capacities of people. This can be ensured through livelihood alternatives and support, better housing and risk reduction training.

“It showcases the success of recovery programmes taken up by the government of Tamil Nadu,” Mr. Radhakrishnan said. Disaster risk reduction efforts have been under progress in about 30 coastal places in the district.