Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju has said that the Indian government has earmarked 10 percent of funds in all Centre-sponsored development programmes for disaster mitigation, which amounts to about USD 5.5 billion for the current fiscal.
Relief and rescue operations in the flood-hit state of Jammu and Kashmir were stepped up on Monday with Indian Air Force (IAF) using choppers and planes to rescue those stranded in the most hit areas even as the death toll crossed 160.
NDMA should not be made a parking place for retired officials and should be turned into a competent outfit to tackle natural calamities as more than 17 major disasters hit the nation 2010 onwards, a BJP member said in Rajya Sabha.
Relatives of the victims of South Korea`s ferry disaster wept amid angry scenes in court Tuesday as prosecutors played video footage of the sinking vessel during the murder trial of the captain and crew.
The video, taken from coastguard boats and helicopters, showed the last moments of the 6,825-tonne Sewol ferry as it listed and then capsized on April 16 with the loss of around 300 lives.
The daughter of a crew member of a South Korean ferry which sank killing hundreds of school children committed suicide on Thursday, police and prosecutors said, in a tragic twist to a disaster that prompted a nationwide outpouring of grief.
Nairo Quintana of Colombia is certain of Giro d`Italia victory barring any final stage disaster after preserving his handsome lead in Saturday`s penultimate 20th stage won by Australia`s Michael Rogers.