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‘TSUNAMI READY’ VILLAGES

‘TSUNAMI READY’ VILLAGES

Context

Venkatapur village in Ganjam district and Nolia Sahi village in Jagatsinghpur district of Odisha have become Tsunami Ready Villages.

Details

  • UNESCO has awarded the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) ’s Certificate of Recognition and Certificate of Appreciation awards to the two villages.
  • It was awarded during a virtual event organised by the Indian Ocean Tsunami Information Center (IOTIC) and Indian National Centre for Oceanic Information Services (INCOIS).
  • Both the villages have adhered to the 11 point indicators which include measures like outreach and public education materials, designated and mapped tsunami hazard zones, Community tsunami risk reduction plan, easily understood tsunami evacuation maps, public display of tsunami information, etc. to be recognised for the award.

About Tsunami

  • It is a series of waves in a water body caused by the displacement of a large volume of water.
  • It generally  occurs in an ocean or a large lake.
  • Earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and other underwater explosions above or below water all have the potential to generate a tsunami.

About UNESCO

  • It is a specialised agency of the United Nations .
  • It aimed at contributing  "to the building of peace, the eradication of poverty, sustainable development and intercultural dialogue through education, the sciences, culture, communication and information.

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