Disasters and Disaster Management – Sendai Framework, Floods, Cyclones, etc.

Don’t blame nature, bolster disaster preparedness: parliamentary panel- I

  1. Context: The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Home Affairs’ report on ‘Disaster in Chennai caused by torrential rainfall and consequent flooding’
  2. Background: Devastating floods submerged Chennai and its neighbouring areas in November-December 2015 claiming the lives of over 400 people
  3. Recommendations: Ministry of Home Affairs, through its subordinate concerned agencies, should bolster its disaster preparedness
  4. Rejected the contention that there cannot be preparation for a disaster like the Chennai floods which occurs once in 100 years as the cost of preparation would be disproportionately high
  5. Assessment: Separate action should be taken to prepare calamity map of all important cities by developing standard vulnerability indices so as to minimise loss of life, loss of private and public property and vital installations
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