India has become the first country in the entire Indian Ocean region to house two UNESCO-IOC recognised Tsunami-ready villages in Odisha. By Kumar Shree

For the first time ever in India, two villages of the country’s eastern state of Odisha — Noliasahi in Jagatsinghpur district and Venkatraipur in Ganjam district — have earned the UNESCO-Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC)’s Certificate of Recognition and Certificate of Appreciation for being Tsunami ready.

 

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The awards aimed at encouraging coastal communities that are prone to natural calamities, to work towards better preparation, so as to minimise the loss of life and property, were distributed via a virtual event, by the Indian National Centre for Oceanic Information Services (INCOIS) and the Indian Ocean Tsunami Information Center (IOTIC). Here, the term Tsunami-ready suggests that the villages are all prepared to face such a calamity.

As reported by GaonConnection, Srinivasa Kumar Tummala, head of the Indian Ocean Tsunami Warning and Mitigation System said, “Venkatraipur and Noliasahi achieved the distinction of becoming first in the Indian Ocean region to become Tsunami-Ready, and we hope this recognition by UNESCO-IOC will catalyse wider implementation in other communities in India and the wider Indian Ocean region.”

 

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GaonConnection also quoted Appa Rao, a community leader at Venkatraipur village, who said, “Our community would like to thank UNESCO-IOC for this recognition, and for enhancing the sustainability of our community against Tsunami hazard.”

Ever since the 2004 Tsunami, that had wreaked havoc in coastal regions of India, authorities, governing bodies, and locals have been working to achieve a state of preparedness against any such natural calamity.

It is a delightful sight to witness the rise of villages like Noliasahi and Venkatraipur as Tsunami-ready. We hope more villages and coastal establishments around the country seek inspiration and follow suit.

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