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Special Relief Commissioner Pradipta Mohapatra said they had received reports of several deaths due to lightning.

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  • While the maximum number of eight deaths were reported from Bhadrak district, there were seven casualties in Balasore district and five in Khurda, said police
  • Besides, three deaths were reported in Mayurbhanj and one each in Kendrapara, Jajpur, Keonjhar and Nayagarh, police said, adding details of three deaths are awaited
  • Special Relief Commissioner Pradipta Mohapatra said they had received reports of several deaths due to lightning

At least 30 persons were killed and 35 others injured due to lightning strikes in different parts of Odisha, police said on Saturday.

Lightning in Odisha kills 30. Image Source: Wikimedia Commons
Lightning in Odisha kills 30. Image Source: Wikimedia Commons

While the maximum number of eight deaths were reported from Bhadrak district, there were seven casualties in Balasore district and five in Khurda, said police.

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Besides, three deaths were reported in Mayurbhanj and one each in Kendrapara, Jajpur, Keonjhar and Nayagarh, police said, adding details of three deaths are awaited.

Special Relief Commissioner Pradipta Mohapatra said they had received reports of several deaths due to lightning.

Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik. Image Source: Wikimedia Commons
Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik. Image Source: Wikimedia Commons

Meanwhile, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Saturday expressed his condolences over the deaths of people due to the lightning strikes.

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The Chief Minister also directed the Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) to disburse assistance immediately to bereaved families as per the Relief Code. (IANS)

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Odisha schools to soon implement School Safety Policy, impart lessons on disaster preparedness

Under the School Safety Policy 2016, lessons on disaster preparedness will be included in school textbooks

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Chief Minister of Odisha, Naveen Patnaik. Wikimedia

Bhubaneshwar, October 29, 2017 : The Odisha government on Sunday said it will implement School Safety Policy designed by the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) to include lessons on disaster preparedness in school textbooks.

“School Safety Policy of 2016 as designed by the NDMA will be implemented by School and Mass Education department soon,” said Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on the occasion of Odisha Disaster Preparedness Day and National Day for Disaster Reduction here.

The day is observed on October 29 every year to recall the devastation in the aftermath of the Super Cyclone of 1999 and strengthen the state’s resolve to prepare for any disaster that may take place in future.

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Patnaik said the government had also planned to integrate youth power for disaster management.

He said Odisha, which faces the fury of cyclones often, had become a role model to the world in disaster preparedness and risk management.

“My government has ensured adequate planning, preparedness and continuous capacity building to minimise human casualty during any disaster. I really appreciate that we have chosen ‘Early warning to save lives’ as this year’s theme,” said the Chief Minister.

Odisha State Disaster Management Authority Managing Director Pradipta Mohapatra said under the School Safety Policy 2016, lessons on disaster preparedness will be included in school textbooks.

In order to generate public awareness and to expedite preparedness for protecting human beings and animals, provision for last mile connectivity, with the facility of early warning towers, has been taken up at 122 locations along the coast to disseminate cyclone and tsunami warnings.

A total of 243 shelter connectivity covering 390 km, 12 saline embankments covering 58 km and five godowns are also under construction, Patnaik added. (IANS)