An earthquake measuring 4.5 on the Ritcher scale, the second in a week`s time, hit Darma valley of the district on Sunday evening prompting authorities to sound a general alert in the valley and the adjoining Johar valley, District Disaster Management authorities said on Monday.
With IMD predicting deficient rainfall due to El-Nino factor during this monsoon, Odisha government on Wednesday asked all the departments to prepare a contingency plan within a week in order to meet the eventuality.
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".
All necessary precautions are taken to prevent an outbreak of epidemics in the flood-hit Uttarakhand and as of now there is no report of any kind of disease spreading, a senior disaster management official said Friday.
Andhra Pradesh is ill-equipped to handle any major natural disaster despite the state being vulnerable to calamities like cyclones, floods, earthquakes and droughts, according to the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG).