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Orissa to add tsunami and earthquake in relief code

india Updated: May 29, 2009 16:28 IST

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Orissa government is seriously contemplating adding tsunami and earthquake on the state list of natural calamities, official sources said.

This was decided at a meeting chaired by chief secretary A K Tripathy and attended by officials of Revenue and Disaster Management department.

Orissa is considered as home of natural calamities as at least 17 droughts, 20 major floods, eight cyclones including a super cyclone took place between 1965 to 2006, they said.

"Though flood, cyclone and drought are considered as the natural calamities, there is no provision to deal with tsunami and earthquake," Tripathy said, adding, tsunami and earth quake would be added after amending the Orissa relief code so that compensation can given to the affected persons.

Major towns like Bhubaneswar, Cuttack and Sambalpur were covered under the urban earthquake vulnerability reduction project, he said adding that Mahanadi delta and some parts of Balasore and Mayurbhanj were also put under earthquake risk zone-3.

The state government would send some experts to IIT Roorke to learn about technology to help protect old buildings from earthquake in the identified zone, he said.