Odisha Disaster Rapid Action Force, January 2011

The devastation caused by super cyclone in 1999 brought a paradigm shift in the disaster management policy in the state of Odisha. As an immediate aftermath, the government decided to establish Odisha State Disaster Management Authority (OSDMA) to undertake post disaster responsibilities within the state. Over the years, the government has reinforced its commitment towards pre-disaster preparedness instead of just a post-disaster relief work. To prevent loss of lives during natural and man-made disasters the government has formed a specialised taskforce, known as Odisha Disaster Rapid Action Force (ODRAF), to rescue people at the time of crisis.

Source : OneWorld Foundation India

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