UNESCO-IOC recognition of two communities of Odisha as Tsunami Ready

Bhubaneswar: Odisha is the first State in India to get two coastal villages Tsunami ready. This makes the country to be first in the Indian ocean region to achieve this honour.

The Venkatraipur (Boxipalli) village of Rangeilunda block of Ganjam district and Noliasahi village of Ersama block of Jagatsinghpur district have been acknowledged by Inter-governmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO for greater preparedness to face the tsunami disaster.
n a virtual event on 7th August, 2020 ‘Certificate of Recognition’will be handed over to the communities of Venkatraipur and Noliasahi as Tsunami Ready villages.Additional chief secretary and managing director, Odisha State Disaster management Authority (OSDMA), Pradip Jena will receive the certificate from UNESCO. The communities of the both Noliasahi and Venkatraipurin presence of district collectors will receive the certificates in the event. The virtual event will be organized by Intergovernmental Coordination Group for the Indian Ocean Tsunami Warning and Mitigation System (ICG/IOTWMS) Secretariat in Perth, Australia and Indian Ocean Tsunami Information Centre (IOTIC)in Jakarta, Indonesia.

Dr. M. Rajeevan, Secretary, Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES) and G.V.V. Sharma, IAS, Member Secretary, National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), Govt. of India will grace the event.

International delegates Dr. Srinivasa Kumar Tummala, Head-ICG/IOTWMS, Ardito M. Kodijat, Head, Indian Ocean Tsunami Information Centre (IOTIC), Prof. DwikoritaKarnawatiDG, BMKG & Chair, ICG/IOTWMS of UNESCO-IOC will participate in the programme. At National Level, Dr. S.S.C. Shenoi, Vice-Chairperson, UNESCO-IOC, Former Director, INCOIS & Former Chairman of the National Board on implementation of
Indian Ocean Tsunami Ready; Dr. T.M. Balakrishnan Nair, Director (I/C) INCOIS and Shri. E. Pattabhi Rama Rao, Head-TWG, INCOIS & Member-Secretary, National Board on implementation of Indian Ocean Tsunami Ready will also remain present in the event.