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Powering post disaster recovery for speed, sustainability and resilience

The need

In the wake of Cyclone Fani which hit in May 2019, coastal communities across Odisha are struggling to cope.

The primary concern at present is that in the recovery is slow. Some marginal groups may slip through the recovery nets. This means homes, schools and infrastructure may be built in ways that are again vulnerable to the next disaster. This is a systemic problem seen after every major disaster.

How we helped

Safe, connected, green and off-the-grid. SEEDS is developing a roadmap where risk reduction meets sustainable energy solutions for better resilience to future disasters. Using one school and one health centre in Chandrapur block of Puri as model demonstrations, we aim to develop an off-grid campus.

Each is being restored and upgraded with better water, sanitation and hygiene facilities. The model buildings will be equipped with solar panels, solar charging stations, and solar water pumps. Energy loads are also being reduced through efficient fixtures, roof insulation and wall painting.

At school, we’re adding a weather school and outdoor shaded play space for the children. Strategically positioned vegetation on site will reduce the surface heat gain and improve microclimate in the school premises

The buildings themselves will be complemented by planning processes done with the community. Disaster management planning, and capacity building workshops to leave the community more prepared.

Can decentralised energy be a catalyst for sustainable interventions in other areas?