Disaster management meet today to assess damage




The State Disaster Management Authority will meet on Tuesday to take stock of the situation and the damage caused by the severe cyclonic storm ‘Ockhi’ in the coastal belt of Goa.

The meeting will be chaired by Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar and presided over by Revenue Minister Rohan Khaunte and Chief Secretary Dharmendra Sharma. Collectors of both the districts will also be present for the meeting.

Meanwhile, on Monday, a preliminary assessment of the damage caused due to the ingress of the sea following a rapid rise in the water level at high tide as an impact of cyclone ‘Ockhi’ was conducted by the offices north and south District Magistrate.

As per the report, there was considerable damage caused to almost 50 shacks in Morjim, Mandrem, Arambol and Querim beaches in Pernem taluka. In Bardez taluka, only soil erosion in Anjuna and Baga beaches and damage to a retaining wall at Coco beach in Nerul has been reported.

In south Goa, preliminary report stated that damages have been caused to 34 shacks which include five shacks in Varca, 13 in Cavelossim, two in Utorda, five in Benaulim, and nine in Betalbatim.

There was no reported incidence of loss to human life in the state, as necessary instructions were given by the talathis to foreigners, tourists and locals not to enter into sea due to the ‘Ockhi’ cyclone. Fishermen in the state have been advised not to venture into the sea at least for the next three days.

Both district magistrates have sent the report to the government on the damages caused and have recommended including ‘sea ingress due to rise in high tide levels’ in the state’s list of disasters so that compensation can be released to the affected shack owners. This recommendation is likely to be considered by the State Disaster Management Authority on Tuesday.

Earlier in the day, Tourism Minister Manohar Azgaonkar said that the government will appoint competent authorities to assess the damage and losses caused to beach shacks and other properties due to the effect of the ‘Ockhi’ cyclone on Goa’s coastline. He said that his department is monitoring the situation and has offered full cooperation and necessary assistance in the interest of shack operators in Goa.