In view of total collapse of the communication system during recent floods in Jammu and Kashmir, a committee has been formed to make suggestions for providing a dedicated network to ensure uninterrupted communication during natural disasters.
About 2.14 million people were displaced in India last year due to natural disasters, according to a United Nations-backed report which said the country was third after the Philippines and China to record the highest levels of displacement in 2013.
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday reiterated that the Centre is committed to provide all that is required to bring the flood-hit Jammu and Kashmir back on track, while admitting that the state is facing a national calamity.
Jammu and Kashmir is facing one of the worst natural disasters in its history. The state is facing the worst floods in the last 60 years. DNA test of the pain and misery that shrouds the floods hit state.
More than 2.2 billion people are "poor or near-poor", with financial crises, natural disasters, soaring food prices and violent conflicts threatening to exacerbate the problem, a United Nations report said on Thursday.
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.
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.