NDA Government reconstitutes National Disaster Management Authority

The central government Monday reconstituted the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), a home ministry notification said.

Govt approves appointment of 3 experts as NDMA members

The government on Sunday approved appointment of a scientist, an armyman and a UN expert on disaster reduction as members of the revamped NDMA, which had previously seen mostly politicians and retired bureaucrats with no background of disaster management holding office.

PM wants efficient NDMA, not parking lot for politicians: Rijiju

Prime Minister Narendra Modi wants the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) to have professionals as its members and this central body should not been seen as a "parking lot" for retired politicians, Union Minister Kiren Rijiju said here on Monday.

NDRF to demonstrate earthquake preparedness today

The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), the country's specialist disaster response unit, will hold a demonstration on Tuesday on quick response in a hypothetical earthquake situation at the ongoing trade fair here.

Indian Army continues mountain rescue exercise in Shimla

The Indian Army on Tuesday continued to conduct a rescue and relief exercise at Shimla's Annandale ground.

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".