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Modi stressed the role of micro-forests in reducing the damage caused by cyclones

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has underlined the role of micro forests in minimising the havoc caused by cyclones in coastal areas.  Addressing the nation yesterday through his Mann ki Baat program, the Prime Minister said it’s nature itself  which can prevent natural disasters.

The Prime Minister, in his address commended two odia activists- one, Mr. Vijay Kumar Kabi of Kendrapara and the other Mr. Amaresh Samanta of Paradeep, for their individual efforts in raising micro forests to fend coastal villages from the wrath of high tides.

He said, Mr. Kabi  has toiled for 12 long years to put in place a 25 acre large mangrove forest near the coastal village Badkot, thereby saving the  village from tidal inundation. The Prime Minister also spoke of Mr. Amaresh for his similar work in Pradeep under Jagatsinghpur- a coastal district of Odisha that had been hit the hardest by the catastrophic super cyclone way back in 1999.

Prime Minister’s emphasis on  creating micro forests in coastal villages assumes greater significance for a state like Odisha, which has been witnessing cyclones almost on a regular basis, be it Phailin in 2013, Hudhud in 2014 down to Titli 2018, Fani  2019 or for that matter, Amphan only last year.

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