From 10,000 in 1999 to 6 in 2021: How India cut cyclone deaths | India News

NEW DELHI: Since the 1999 super cyclone in Odisha which claimed over 10,000 lives to cyclone Yaas when casualties were limited to less than half-a-dozen, India seems to have made remarkable progress in disaster risk reduction (DRR).
Largescale rescue and relief operation, with cooperation of both the Centre and states, ensured evacuation of more than 14 lakh people to safe shelters, limiting casualties in Odisha and West Bengal, the two states that came in the direct path of the severe cyclone which made landfall on Wednesday.


This is seen as the result of a rigorous exercise and strengthening of the DRR mechanism over the last few years — a perfect coordination between the central and state agencies.
There has been a signifiant rise in funding for disaster risk reduction activities — up from an average Rs 25000 crore to 30000 crore over five years in the last decade to nearly Rs 30000 crore a year for the last two consecutive years.
More than eight lakh people were evacuated in West Bengal and six lakh in Odisha over the last couple of days to evade the fury of Yaas.

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