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Orissa is vulnerable to multiple disasters. Due to its sub-tropical littoral location, the state is prone to tropical cyclones, storm surges and tsunamis. Its densely populated coastal plains are the alluvial deposits of its river systems. The rivers in these areas with heavy load of silt have very little carrying capacity, resulting in frequent floods, only to be compounded by breached embankments. Though a large part of the state comes under Earthquake Risk Zone-II (Low Damage Risk Zone), the Brahmani Mahanadi graben and their deltaic areas come under Earthquake Risk Zone-III (Moderate Damage Risk Zone) covering 43 out of the 103 urban local bodies of the state. Besides these natural hazards, human-induced disasters such as accidents, stampede, fire, etc, vector borne disasters such as epidemics, road mishap, animal diseases and pest attacks and industrial / chemical disasters add to human suffering.

Considering the need preparedness at community level, we conduct training programme for NCC and NSS Programme Officers regularly. The thematic genesis of the training is based on the management of natural and manmade disasters by dissemination of scientific knowledge & technological know-how. The main objective of the programme is to inform the participants about various disaster reduction components and also tech them to reduce the venerability of disaster. The programme is catalyzed and supported by National Council for Science & Technology Communication, New Delhi.