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UNESCO recognises two coastal villages of Odisha as Tsunami Ready August 07,2020   |  Source: PTI

In a first, two coastal villages of the Indian state of Odisha have been recognised as being "Tsunami Ready" by UNESCO for their overall preparedness to face the calamity, Additional Chief Secretary P K Jena said on Thursday.

With it Odisha became the first state in the country to have such villages and the country the first in the Indian Ocean region to achieve the honour from the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO.

The two coastal villages are Venkatraipur (Boxipalli) village of Rangeilunda block in Ganjam district and Noliasahi village of Ersama block in Jagatsinghpur district, he said.

The certificate of recognition will be handed over to the communities of Venkatraipur and Noliasahi in a virtual event scheduled to be held on August 7.

Jena, who is also the managing director of Odisha State Disaster management Authority, will receive the certificate from UNESCO.

International and national delegates will be present at the virtual event, he said adding the UNESCO recognition is a great achievement for Odisha and its tsunami preparedness.

It will make Odisha a role model for tsunami preparedness. With this award, the state is motivated to make the 326 villages and urban local bodies tsunami ready in one year's time, Jena


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