Brahmapur, Dec 21 :
UN Secretary General’s special representative Margareta Wahlstrom was today all praise for the media for its role during Cyclone Phailin while expressing her happiness over the minimal loss of human lives in the disaster which hit the Odisha coast on the night of October 12.
UN secretary general’s special representative for disaster risk reduction Wahlstrom who is on a visit here said the role of media was laudable for the timely dissemination of information about the cyclone among people .
While lauding media for playing a strong, positive and responsive role during the cyclone, Wahlstorm hoped the media will continue to keep the people at large well informed before and during disasters.
During her interaction with the corporators of Berhampur Municipal Corporation, Wahlstrom asked them to compare the 1999 super cyclone and cyclone Phailin in terms of its impact and the advance measures taken to minimise casualties.
She said timely dissemination of information about the severity of the cyclone and prompt evacuation of people from the vulnerable coastal areas was responsible for minimum human losses.