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Workshop on Reservoir Management

Every time a major flood makes headlines, a reservoir also makes it under the spotlight. This is because reservoirs are one of the most important structural measures for reducing the impact of floods, and their well-thought-out operationalization is a pre-requisite to minimizing the frequency, duration and impact of floods in downstream areas.
India has more than 5,000 large dams in operation and another few hundred under construction. In addition, there are several thousand smaller dams. These dams are vital for ensuring water security in the country; and meeting irrigation, hydropower generation and other water needs of communities living in their vicinity.
Moreover, there have been instances of unregulated release of water from the reservoirs resulting in an increase in the impact of flood events (Kerala 2018 and Madhya Pradesh 2019). In June 2014, sudden water release from Larji Hydroelectric dam in Mandi, Himachal Pradesh, resulted in the death of …
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Preparing Gujarat for CBRN emergencies
NDMA conducts first-ever State-wide Chemical Industrial Disaster Mock Exercise

The chemical industry forms a major part of the flourishing industrial sector in Gujarat. This makes the State vulnerable to chemical disasters, which may occur due to human error, accidental exposure, terrorist attacks and sabotage. Such disasters may also get triggered as a secondary disaster after an earthquake, cyclone, etc.
Handling such emergencies need specialised skills and efforts, and coordination among all stakeholders. Even a small chemical accident can cause panic among people.
Chemical disasters, though few and far between, can cause immense immediate as well as long-term losses to both lives and property. It is, therefore, important to ensure the preparedness and resilience of regions with vulnerable establishments. One way to achieve that is through conducting Mock Exercises on the principles of the Incident Response System, which clearly attributes roles …
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Sensitisation Workshop for Nodal Officers

The Disaster Management Act 2005 mandates all the Central Ministries / Departments to prepare their Disaster Management Plans in line with the template prescribed in the National Disaster Management Plan. Each of these Ministries / Departments have appointed Nodal Officers to coordinate with NDMA, get their Disaster Management Plans approved and oversee all the activities of their respective Ministries/Departments related to Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR).
As these Disaster Management Plans include measures for mitigation, preparedness capacity building and response for effective management of disasters, their preparation and implementation is important for promoting the resilience of infrastructure systems, an area that India has taken a lead in with the Prime Minister recently launching the Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure (CDRI) during the Climate Action Summit at New York. Further, integrating disaster resilience into all fac…
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For a 'Fire Safe' India  
A fire can occur anywhere. If not handled carefully, it can lead to a huge loss of life and assets. In fact, with rapid economic development, emerging technologies, shortage of prime land and lifestyle changes, fire risk continues to be one of the major causes of loss of human lives in the country. As recently as May this year, at least 22 students lost their lives and many others were injured when a fire broke out at a commercial complex in Surat, Gujarat. This incident highlighted the urgent need to improve fire safety preparedness in the country.
Globally, the very recent devastating forest fire in the Amazon basin eroded huge tracts of rain forests and arrested the world's attention. Global warming and Climate Change have increased the frequency and intensity of forest fires and they are a cause of concern in India as well. 
While India has an institutional mechanism in place, both at the Central and State levels, and has taken various measures…
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Kamal Kishore on Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure
Outlining his ten-point agenda on Disaster Risk Reduction during the Asian Ministerial Conference for Disaster Risk Reduction 2016, held in New Delhi,Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi said that India will work with other partner countries and stakeholders to build a global Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure (CDRI), envisaged as a knowledge exchange and capacity development partnership.
To give an impetus to the global CDRI, two International Workshops on Disaster Resilient Infrastructure were held in 2018 and 2019, respectively, in New Delhi. Both the workshops saw participation from around the globe.
All the efforts culminated at the United Nations Secretary General’s Climate Action Summit in New York when Shri Modi on September 23 2019 announced the launch of the Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure (CDRI) and invited all Member States of the UN to join it.
Aapda Samvaad spoke with Shri Kamal Kisho…
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“India: Partnerships for a better world”

In the first week of September, the Embassy of India, Brussels Exhibition and European Member of Parliament, Ms. Neena Gill hosted an exhibition at the European Parliament on India's contribution towards Disaster Risk Reduction Disaster.
The exhibition highlighted the progress India has in the area of DRR domestically, in the region and beyond towards reducing the loss of lives and livelihoods. It also covered the key challenges that need to be addressed such as how do we build on the progress that has been made in the last few years in reducing heat-related mortality. Heat Waves adversely affect populations in the summer months in both India and the EU countries, and thus, this is one area where India and EU countries can learn from each other.
A key highlight of the exhibition was the Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure (CDRI) - the initiative, emerging partnerships, thematic areas - that will bring together both developed and d…
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India becomes the first country to release National Guidelines on Disability Inclusive DRR

- Prof. Asha Hans, Shanta Memorial Rehabilitation Centre, Odisha*
At its 15th Formation Day on September 27, 2019,  the National Disaster Management Authority released the National Guidelines on Disability Inclusive Disaster Risk Reduction in an important move towards inclusion and ‘leaving no one behind’. With this, India became the first country in the world to come out with such guidelines. This major step is a part of the Government of India's policy to address concerns of its 2.68 crores persons with disabilities. These Guidelines were released by the Union Minister of State for Home Affairs, Shri G. Kishan Reddy. Together with the Guidelines, a series of awareness generation videos with tips on how to survive a disaster with Indian Sign Language was also made available to the public.
These Guidelines were drawn up after extensive consultations with various stakeholders, especially persons…