India gets World Bank funding for Disaster Recover in Odisha

The Indian state of Odisha is receiving $153 million from the World Bank for disaster recovery after Tropical Cyclone Phailin in October 2013.  Total damage from Phailin was estimated to be $1.45 Billion.  Besides better, storm proof housing the funding will go towards upgrading their GIS with a focus on decision support with a Emergency Operation Center with the training to go with it.  Full details in the excerpt below:

Some of the activities that will be undertaken under this component include establishing an integrated complex comprising of OSDMA, Geographical Information System (GIS) cell equipped with a decision support center, Emergency Operation Center and a training center; enhancing the capacity of the OSDMA by providing them specialized dedicated manpower and hiring technical experts in the areas of disaster risk management, hydro-met systems, risk assessment and financing, structural engineering, remote sensing and GIS; and enabling the affected marginalized communities to cope with survival risks posed by natural calamities through community-based initiatives.



About Chuck Schoeneberger

Former forecaster at Meridian Environmental Technologies Inc (now a Interis Company), with a background in GIS and LiDAR, with other stints at GeoSpatial Services of Winona, MN and Aerometric (Now Quantum Spatial) of Sheboygan, WI. He is a weather technologist for public storm safety from a local to international level. LinkedIn Profile: His views are his own and not of his employer.
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