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Char Dham Yatra halted: Country’s disaster management totters on the edge!

Last Updated: Friday, July 18, 2014, 12:02

More than 50 million people are affected by natural disasters annually, but despite this the second most populous country in the world suffers from serious lack of disaster preparedness.

Framework for Disaster Management in Bengal weak: CAG

Last Updated: Friday, July 11, 2014, 11:04

The institutional framework for disaster management in West Bengal is weak because of deficient functioning of the State Disaster Management Authority, the Comptroller and Auditor General has noted.

Second quake in a week hits Pithoragarh; Darma, Johar valleys on alert

Last Updated: Monday, July 07, 2014, 13:57

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.

Calamity threat: Departments asked to prepare contingency plan

Last Updated: Wednesday, June 25, 2014, 18:25

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.

NDMA vice chairman resigns

Last Updated: Thursday, June 19, 2014, 21:06

NDMA vice chairman M. Shashidhar Reddy Thursday resigned from his post, an official said.

NDMA Vice-Chairman, five members resign

Last Updated: Thursday, June 19, 2014, 13:34

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.

Traffic jams in Guwahati a handicap in disaster management

Last Updated: Monday, June 02, 2014, 11:49

The National Disaster Management Authority has identified traffic jams and narrow roads in Guwahati as major handicaps in disaster management measures during high magnitude earthquakes.

Workshop on disaster management for Kumbh Mela 2015 kicks off

Last Updated: Wednesday, May 21, 2014, 20:44

Police officers are getting lessons on disaster and crowd management at a workshop being organised here with view of `Kumbh Mela` (religious congregation), which is scheduled next year.

Parliamentary panel questions efficacy of satellites during disasters

Last Updated: Thursday, February 06, 2014, 22:44

Citing Uttarakhand calamity, Parliamentary Committee questioned efficacy of country`s satellite communication in disaster management, saying efforts of Department of Space remain "far from adequate".

Schoolchildren among 14 killed by Indonesia volcano eruption

Last Updated: Saturday, February 01, 2014, 22:23

Fourteen people, including four schoolchildren, were killed on Saturday after they were engulfed in scorching ash clouds spat out by Indonesia`s Mount Sinabung in its biggest eruption in recent days, officials said.

Japan speeds up evacuation plans of 2020 Olympics facilities

Last Updated: Monday, December 23, 2013, 17:28

Japan will reportedly speed up the evacuation plans for the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic games, following a warning of 70 percent likelihood of a large earthquake striking the capital within 30 years.

Steps to deal with natural disasters

Last Updated: Monday, October 28, 2013, 22:00

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.