Showing posts from January, 2020
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 …
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 …
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…