Odisha: two villages recognized by UNESCO on tsunami preparedness, first in India
UNESCO Recognizes Two Villages In Odisha As The Tsunami Ready Tag For Both – Insiderfolks, Two coastal villages of Odisha have been certified as ‘Tsunami Ready’ by UNESCO for their preparedness to meet the natural disaster, said Deputy Chief Secretary PK Jena on Thursday, August 6.
With it, Odisha became the first coastal state in the world to have such villages and the first in the Indian Ocean area to earn the recognition of UNESCO’s IOC.
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Both villages are Venkatraipur (Boxipalli) village of Rangeilunda block in Ganjam district and Noliasahi village of Ersama block in Jagatsinghpur district.
In addition, the Village Communities of Venkatraipur and Noliasahi will obtain a Certificate of Appreciation at a virtual event scheduled to take place on 7 August.
According to the news, Jena, who is the managing director of the Odisha State Disaster Management Agency, will obtain the UNESCO award.
Foreign and national representatives, as per sources, would be present at the virtual gathering.
As stated by Jena, UNESCO recognition is a significant accomplishment for the state of Odisha and its tsunami preparedness.
He added that Odisha will become a blueprint for the preparation of the tsunami. He also stated that with this recognition, the state was encouraged to change 326 villages and urban local authorities to be ‘tsunami ready’ within a span of one year.
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