This publication is an attempt to capture some of the best practices and case studies from disaster management initiatives undertaken by different civil society organizations working in DRR in Odisha. It presents varied innovative strategies and processes adopted by national and international organizations which has led to encouraging results. The best practices have not been graded or assessed by any third party but have been acknowledged so by the implementing organizations themselves.
The definition of disaster is now all encompassing, which includes not only the events emanating from natural and man-made causes, but even those events which are caused by accident or negligence. There was a long felt need to capture information about all such events occurring across the sectors and efforts made to mitigate them in the country and to collate them at one place in a global perspective. This book has been an effort towards realising this thought.
Information on Depression over East Uttar Pradesh and neighbourhood: As on 14th October 2014, 12.30 PM
The Depression over south Chhattisgarh & neighborhood has moved north-northeastwards and lay centered at 0830 hours IST of 14th October 2014 over East Uttar Pradesh & neighbourhood about 80 km Southwest of Varanasi. It would move Northeastwards and weaken into a Well-Marked Low Pressure area during next 12 hours.
Forecast : Rain/Thundershower would occur at one or two places over Odisha during next 24hours.
The Cyclonic Storm ‘HUDHUD’ over south Chhattisgarh & adjoining southwest Odisha moved northwestwards and weakened into Deep Depression and lay centered at 0530 hours IST of 13th October 2014 over south Chhattisgarh & neighbourhood, about 90 km northwest of Jagdalpur and 190 km south of Raipur. It would move north-northwestwards, weaken into a depression during next 06 hours and into a well marked low pressure area during subsequent 06 hours.
Current Situation Information on Very Severe Cyclonic Storm “HUDHUD”:Cyclone Warning-Sixteen (RED MESSAGE) for South Odisha Coast and Post Landfall Outlook for districts of South Interior Odisha:
The Very Severe Cyclonic Storm ‘HUDHUD’ over westcentral Bay of Bengal moved west-northwestwards with a speed of about 15 kmph during the last 06 hours and lay centered at 1130 hours IST of 12th October 2014 near latitude 17.6ºN and longitude 83.2ºE, close to Visakhapatnam and about 270 km Southwest of Gopalpur.The system is crossing the coast.
According to latest observations, the Very Severe Cyclonic Storm ‘HUDHUD’ over westcentral Bay of Bengal moved west-northwestwards during past six hours and lay centered at 1130 hrs IST of 11th October 2014 near latitude 16.1ºN and longitude 85.1ºE, about 350 km south-southeast of Gopalpur. The system would move northwestwards and cross north Andhra Pradesh coast around Visakhapatnam by the forenoon of 12th October 2014.
Forecast : Rain/Thundershower would occur at most places over Odisha during next 48 hours.
Odisha is a flood prone state, and as a result communities have become resilient and government response efficient to manage immediate rescue and relief operations. The flooding began with heavy rainfall on the 21st of July and further intensified as a result of two more low-pressure systems that moved over the state and was exacerbated by subsequent release of water from the Hirakud Reservoir.
About 9.95 lakh people have been affected due to this phase of heavy rain and flood commenced on 3rd August, 2014. As on date, 398 villages with population of 241658 are marooned. 139023 people have been evacuated and 429 free kitchens are running to provide hot meal to them.
The River Level of the Mahanadi and the Kathajodi continues to run above the danger mark today. Flood situation in other major rivers are under control. About 12 lakh cusec of flood water is likely to pass through Mahanadi River at Mundali on 6th Aug, 2014.