Showing posts from February, 2019
Brace for Heat2019

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…
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…
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…
14 Formation Day Early Warning for Disasters
Early warning is a major element of disaster risk reduction and can minimise the loss of lives and economic impacts. Timely early warning is key to a structured and efficient response.
To be effective, early warning systems need to involve the communities at risk, generate public awareness, effectively disseminate warnings and ensure there is a constant state of preparedness. Over the years, India has made considerable progress in issuing accurate and timely early warning, especially for cyclones. Very recently, authorities could evacuate thousands before Cyclone Gaja made its landfall as its path was accurately predicted by the India Meteorological Department (IMD).
Despite the progress, a lot needs to be done to further improve our early warning mechanisms, hence the theme chosen for National Disaster Management Authority's 14 Formation Day was 'Early Warning for Disasters'. The Formation Day was celebrated on November 27, 2018 in Ne…