Technology drive strategy for disaster management

Assam government is committed to develop a holistic, pro-active and technology driven strategy to build a safe and disaster resilient state, state`s Revenue and Disaster Management Minister Dr Bhumidhar Barman said.

Last Updated: Jun 02, 2010, 17:36 PM IST

Guwahati: Assam government is committed to
develop a holistic, pro-active and technology driven strategy
to build a safe and disaster resilient state, state`s Revenue
and Disaster Management Minister Dr Bhumidhar Barman said.

Addressing the Consultation Workshop on Draft Revised
Assam Relief Manual, the Minister said the state government
has accepted the vision and approach as enunciated in the
National Policy on Disaster Management, 2009 with some minor
modifications reflecting the state scenario.

Delivering the keynote address, state Chief Secretary
N K Das said that the revised manual takes into account all
different phases of disaster management like mitigation,
preparedness, response, relief and rehabilitation.

He also stressed on the need for a productive and
proactive partnership with NGOs, public and private sector,
media and local community for disaster management.

The Revised Assam Relief Manual considers all
different types of natural hazards such as earthquakes,
floods, river erosion, flash floods, cloudbursts, landslides,
mudslides, droughts, pest attacks etc., Principal Secretary of
Revenue and Disaster Management V K Pipersenia said.

It also includes man made hazards like chemical
terrorism, chemical accidents, industrial accidents, major
accidents in factories, accidents at festivals, boat capsize,
fire accidents, ethnic violence and extremist violence etc.,
he added.

PTI