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Highlights of the National Disaster Management Plan

Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi today released the National Disaster Management Plan (NDMP). This is the first ever national plan prepared in the country. 

Minister of Home Affairs Shri Rajnath Singh, Minster of State for Home Affairs Shri Kiren Rijiju, and senior officers of the Prime Minister's Office, Ministry of Home Affairs and National Disaster Management Authority were present during the function. 

Following are the highlights of the NDMP:

Experts fear failure at Pentha

Monalisa Patsani

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Why Chennai went down and under

The unprecedented and continuing rains that have broken a 100-year record and have wreaked havoc in Chennai for over a week, highlight both elaborate rescue and relief efforts as well as gaps in the existing policy on disaster planning. It is true that swift deployment of the armed forces to evacuate people in affected areas and extensive rehabilitation work by the government, various NGOs, not to mention high-spirited individuals, is laudable. But as the city limps back to normalcy, it is time for introspection.

Terror attacks, massive floods, earthquakes — every such event that occurs in India appears to follow a similar pattern. Public rage, condemnation of the government, massive relief efforts, and then, as a final touch, focus on the ‘spirit of the city and people’. But we need to ask ourselves if extolling the undying spirit is a cover-up for our indifference to the lacunae in the policies of the Centre and the State governments.

True, losses were unavoidable given the record-breaking rains that lashed across the city. But what made matters worse was that people were caught unawares by the flash floods in the absence of an effective early warning system or mitigation measures.

Why is Chennai under Water

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TIDAL WAVES LIKELY TO HIT KERALA COAST, SAYS INCOIS

The State Emergency Operations Centre (SEOC) has issued guidelines to District Collectors for preparedness in view of the tidal flooding alert for the Kerala coast till September 30.

According to the Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services (INCOIS), Hyderabad, tidal flooding is likely to occur from September 25 to 30, in connection with the Perigean Spring Tide (also called Supermoon or King Tide) of September 28 when the moon is closest to the earth during its orbit.

The low lying areas along the Kerala coast, including southern Kochi, Alappuzha, Kollam, and Thiruvananthapuram, are particularly vulnerable.

The phenomenon is likely to peak for three days from September 28.