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How To: Tips for treatment of a person affected by sunstroke
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In a few weeks from now, the scorching sun will descend upon us with all its might. Despite all the precautions, people will be affected - dehydration, exhaustion, stress - a sunstroke. Here's how you can help:
·In order to bring down the temperature use wet cloth / pour water on the victim’s head. ·Give the person ORS (Oral Rehydration Solution) to drink or lemon water/sarbat/torani/lassi or whatever is useful to rehydrate the body. ·Take the person immediately to the nearest health centre. ·If consistently experiencing high body temperature, throbbing headache, dizziness, weakness, nausea or disorientation in the summer, call 108/ambulance.
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Are you prepared for Heat Wave?
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It may not be possible to halt the onslaught of a heat wave but it is very well possible to reduce its effects. Here are some simple and effective ways to keep the heat from getting to you and your family:


Eat light, eat right: Eat freshly home cooked, less on oil food. Add more vegetables and fruits. Stay away from tea, coffee and alcohol. Don’t forget to drink sufficient water and other fluids such as nimbupani, torani, lassi to keep yourself hydrated.
Make a kitchen garden: On the roof or your backyard - to cool down the surroundings besides bringing you home-grown veggies. Try to plant creepers; the exteriors of your walls could breathe a sigh of relief.
Create a vertical garden: They are a visual treat, they bring down pollution and they also bring down the heat levels. Go for as many as you can.
Cross-ventilate: Keep your windows, especially those right opposite another, open during mornings and late evenings when the air is comparativ…
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Preparing for Heat Wave 2019
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Heat wave is a period of abnormally high temperatures, more than the normal maximum temperature that occurs during the pre-monsoon summer season. The extreme temperatures and resultant atmospheric conditions adversely affect people living in regions reeling under heat wave conditions as they may cause dehydration, heat exhaustion, physiological stress and sometimes even death.

2,040 persons – that’s the number of lives claimed by the heat wave in India in 2015. The number was higher than deaths caused by any other disaster. Cut to 2018 heat wave – the number stands at just 25. That is a decline of more than 98 per cent in three years’ time. It definitely is a success story.
How did it happen? Noticing this severity of killer heat waves, the National Disaster Management Authority formulated and circulated to the States the ‘Guidelines for Preparation of Action Plan – Prevention and Management of Heat-Wave’ in 2016. The Guidelines provided a fr…
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IORA Meet on Disaster Risk Management

The Indian Ocean Region is sometimes called the “World’s Hazard Belt” as eight out of ten disasters in the world occur here, making nearly one-third of the world's population vulnerable.
In 2018, Indonesia suffered tsunamis and earthquakes, Madagascar faced severe droughts, India saw floods and landslides in India besides seasonal cyclones in the Islands of the Indian Ocean, and many more calamities. The loss of lives, as well as the damage to property and the natural environment, is incalculable. More so as the IORA is home to small island nation states and developing littoral countries with high population densities, which are hit much harder due to the lack of resources and assets to handle a calamity.
Moreover, the region is also witnessing an increasing link of disasters to climate change with increasing sea levels and rising water temperatures. Disaster Risk Management (DRM) is, therefore, one of its priority areas and its Action Plan (2017…
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Brace for Heat2019
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In a few weeks from now, the scorching sun will descend upon us with all its might. If the recent report released by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is any indication, which it is in all likelihood, then we staring at a global warming of 1.5ºC-2°C. This will worsen the situation in cities and will lead to an increase in health risks.
It may not be possible to halt the onslaught of a heat wave but it is very well possible to reduce its effects. It only takes a little advance planning - preparing for the heat even as we continue to battle the cold.


Start by painting your roof white - it will reflect more sunlight and absorb less heat, thus reducing the amount of heat conducted to your home. Add to this kitchen gardens - on the roof or your backyard - to cool down the surroundings further besides bringing you home-grown veggies. Try to plant creepers; the exteriors of your walls could breathe a sigh of relief. You can also try to deve…
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Kumbh Mela Mock Exercise


Kumbh Mela 2019, the largest public gathering and collective act of faith, anywhere in the world, is happening from January 15 to March 04, 2019. It draws tens of millions of pilgrims to bathe at the confluence of the Ganga, the Yamuna, and the mystical Sarasvati. The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) in collaboration with the Uttar Pradesh State Disaster Management Authority (UPSDMA) conducted a mock exercise to test emergency preparedness and strengthen response mechanisms. 'Aapda Samvaad'spoke with NDMA's Maj. Gen. V. K. Datta (Retd.) to know more about the Kumbh Mela Mock Exercise.

Q. What were the salient features of this mock exercise?
A. All kinds of scenarios that could occur during a mass public gathering of the scale of the Ardh Kumbh were simulated during two mock exercises that were held one after the other. The first exercise was held in December 2018. It was preceded by a coordination conference where stakeholder agencies pres…
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India-Japan Cooperation on Disaster Risk Reduction
India and Japan are two of the most disaster-prone countries in the world. Japan is situated along the Pacific Ring of Fire and is highly susceptible to earthquakes. Given its long history of devastating earthquakes, Japan has a very high level of community awareness. Its technological know-how, especially in the area of earthquake risk reduction, is among the most advanced in the world.
India is rapidly urbanising and a massive investment in the infrastructure sector is imminent. As nearly 59% of India’s landmass is prone to moderate to severe earthquakes, this cooperation will not only save lives in the event of an earthquake but also make for great economic sense that this investment is made earthquake resilient.
To realise the goal of a disaster-resilient Asia-Pacific, it is imperative that they come together to address disaster risk. Towards this, India and Japan signed a Memorandum of Cooperation on disaster risk reduction (DRR) i…