The inauguration of the Sandhagada Multipurpose Cyclone Shelter in Odisha will be done by a representative of the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany and the Director of KfW Office, New Delhi on August 3rd, 2012.
Sandhagada Multipurpose Cyclone Shelter, which is located in the Chandabali Block of Bhadrak district in Odisha and has a capacity of sheltering 1500 persons, is one of the 59 shelters constructed under the Odisha Disaster Mitigation Programme. The Odisha Multipurpose Cyclone Shelters Programme is meant to provide shelter and `protect’ lives of vulnerable rural populations during a cyclone. In addition, these shelters are designed to serve other community purposes during the non-emergency periods.
This shelter is an integral part of the Odisha Disaster Mitigation Programme Phase-II (ODMP II), which is in continuation of the first phase (ODMP-I) under which 23 cyclone shelters were constructed in six districts (Balasore, Bhadrak, Kendrapara, Jagatsingpur, Puri and Ganjam) by the government and non government agencies (both international and local).
Both the programmes were funded by the German government through KFW and German Red Cross, and was coordinated by the Odisha State Branch of the Indian Red Cross Society under the guidance of Odisha State Disaster Mitigation Agency (OSDMA).