NDMA conducts mock disaster management drill in Tripura

The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) in association with the State Disaster Management Authorities of Tripura conducted a multi-stage mega mock drill for a hypothetical earthquake and fire incident on the occasion of the International Day for Disaster Reduction on Monday.

NDMA will be revamped: Rajnath Singh

The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) would be restructured and revamped to meet new challenges, Home Minister Rajnath Singh said Monday.

Two NDRF battalions to be raised: Rajnath Singh

With the NDRF playing an important role in rescue of disaster-hit people, government has decided to raise two new battalions of the disaster response force.

Govt downgrades posts of NDMA Vice-Chairman, members

The government has downgraded the posts of the Vice-Chairman of the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) from the rank of Union Cabinet Minister to the Cabinet Secretary.

Reddy asks PM to reconstitute NDMA

Former vice-chairman of National Disaster Management Authority M Shashidhar Reddy on Thursday urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to reconstitute the calamity relief body saying keeping it dormant for long would not be good for the country.

Torrential monsoon rains kill nearly 70 in Pakistan: Officials

Two days of torrential monsoon rains have killed nearly 70 people in Pakistan, officials said on Friday, as authorities ordered the evacuation of low-lying areas around a major river.

NDMA Vice-Chairman, five members resign

After some Governors, it was the turn of Vice-Chairman of the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) M Shashidhar Reddy and five of its members to resign after the new government asked them to quit their posts.

Eight lakh people may die if 8 magnitude quake hits: NDMA VC

More than eight lakh people may die if an earthquake measuring 8 on the Richter scale occurs in the seismically-active Himalayan states from Jammu and Kashmir to Arunachal Pradesh, National Disaster Management Authority`s Vice Chairman M Shashidhar Reddy Thursday warned.

Steps to deal with natural disasters

Government Monday took a series of steps, including strengthening of forecasting capabilities, advance information on quakes and landslides, maintaining road and telecommunication networks, to deal with natural disasters and reduce causalities.

PM for improvement of disaster management capabilities

Citing the recent natural disasters in Uttarakhand, Odisha and Andhra Pradesh, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Monday pressed for urgent steps to strengthen early warning systems and improve disaster management capabilities to save lives.

Tackling Cyclone Phailin - preparations were on for past five years

The fiery Cyclone Phailin left in its wake devastation in the coastal areas of Odisha, but India managed to successfully avert much loss to human lives and destruction as meticulous preparation to meet such an eventuality was going on for the past five years.

Cyclone Phailin aftermath: Very heavy rains likely in next 48 hrs, says NDMA

Very heavy rains are expected over north Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Bihar, east Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal and Sikkim in next 48 hours, with cyclonic storm `Phailin` now closer to Chhattisgarh-Odisha.

Uttarakhand CM hails rescue efforts of security forces personnel

Paying tribute to security forces personnel who sacrificed their lives during rescue operations in Uttarakhand, Chief Minister Vijay Bahuguna said the work done by the martyred soldiers was exemplary.

We need to learn right lessons from Uttarakhand tragedy: PM

Underlining the need to learn "right lessons" from the Uttarakhand tragedy, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today said the country has to equip itself in a better way to prevent disasters and check their fall out.

SC issues notice over enforcing Disaster Management Act

The Supreme Court issued notice to the central government, disaster relief agencies, the meteorological department and some states on a PIL seeking implementation of the Disaster Management Act, 2005 in "letter and spirit".

Only 15 states have set up Disaster Response Force: NDMA

Only 15 states have so far set up their own respective State Disaster Response Force following direction from the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) earlier this year.

Debris in Kedarnath not cleared yet: NDMA

Kedarnath, one of the revered pilgrimage sites for Hindus, is situated at an altitude of 3,586 mt near the head of Mandakini river in Himalayas.

Uttarakhand tragedy: SC asks NDMA to give status of rescue operations

Supreme Court on Friday asked the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) to apprise it within two weeks about the status of rescue operations in rain-ravaged Uttarakhand.

Be more proactive on disaster management: NDMA to states

The National Disaster Management Authority on Monday asked states to be more proactive on disaster management and appoint full-time chiefs for disaster management authorities.

NDMA team to trace survivors under debris

The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) Tuesday declared Uttarakhand devastation a "severe natural disaster" and requested leaders not to politicise the issue.