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World Banks’ Road to Resilience initiative Concluded

This 10000 kilometer journey provided a chance to implement support for six coastal disaster management and climate resilience projects covering all ten coastal states of India.

Feb 23, 2016 11:00 IST
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The Road to Resilience is an initiative of the World Bank, under which a team undertook a bus trip along the entire Indian coastline. The journey commenced on 10 January 2016 and ended on 15 February 2016.

This 10000 kilometer journey provided a chance to implement support for six coastal disaster management and climate resilience projects covering all ten coastal states of India, which are supported by the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR).

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Some of those projects aim to enhance resilience and mitigate the impact of future disasters, while others are intended to help the country recover from previous events such as Cyclone Phailin (2013) and Cyclone Hudhud (2014).

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Main highlights
• The total lending for the project by the World Bank was 1.3billion dollars
• Under the project, combined 1000 cyclone shelters were set up with the help of coastal communities especially in Odisha and Andhra Pradesh
• Setting up of Tsunami early warning centers to serve close to 50 million people
• Coastal embankments through building road network and 120 bridges
• Focused on building combined infrastructure as well as softer Disaster Risk Management (DRM) projects
• Underground cabling in a big way in many states as in coastal areas electrical network are the most vulnerable especially in high wind cyclonic conditions, one of these initiatives for building electrical resilient network.

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The "Road to Resilience" initiative was a unique opportunity to raise awareness about risk mitigation and to interact more directly with local communities, who play a crucial role in preventing and responding to disaster.

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