Odisha launches disaster alert system for its coast

Context Recently the Odisha government has launched the Early Warning Dissemination System, the first-of-its-kind technology in India, to simultaneously warn coastal communities and fisher folk about impending cyclone and tsunami through siren towers. About Early Warning Dissemination System: The EWDS, a collaborative effort of the Central and State governments, has Read More …

Amritsar disaster: avoidable tragedy

Context: The ghastly Dasara disaster at Amritsar that has left 59 people dead is a harsh reminder, if any were needed, that government departments have not yet taken official protocols for safety at mass gatherings seriously. In the aftermath of the entirely preventable carnage, in which spectators crowding a railway Read More …

Global Risk Financing Facility

The World Bank launched a new $150 million fund intended to help insure vulnerable countries against natural disasters and the increasing risk of climate change-linked crises. The announcement follows a string of recent natural disasters across the world including record storms and a series of deadly quakes in Indonesia, where the Read More …

Economic Losses, Poverty and Disasters 1998-2017

Context: India suffered a whopping USD 79.5 billion economic loss due to climate-related disasters in the last 20 years, according to a UN report which highlights the impact of extreme weather events on the global economy. More about the Reports: The report titled Economic Losses, Poverty and Disasters 1998-2017 was compiled by Read More …

Pride and foreign aid

Context: India’s refusal to take help in times of natural disasters is self-defeating and against the federal spirit. The Central government’s decision to decline offers of humanitarian aid from the United Arab Emirates and other concerned countries for Kerala. New Delhi’s unwillingness to accept foreign aid reflects poor judgment. It is Read More …

O-SMART scheme

Context: The Cabinet approved a scheme aimed at stepping up ocean research and setting up early warning weather systems. About‘Ocean Services, Technology, Observations, Resources Modelling and Science (O-SMART)’ scheme O-SMART scheme encompasses 16 sub-projects related to ocean development activities and science for implementation during 2017-18 and 2019-20. Key Highlights of Read More …

How dams can control floods

Context: There should be space for greater storage of water in reservoirs before the onset of monsoon. In the aftermath of any Kerala tragedy, people are struggling to comprehend what happened and how to cope. A number of experts and politicians have stated various possible reasons for the tragedy. Some Read More …

Trouble in the hills

Context: The catastrophic monsoon floods in Kerala and parts of Karnataka have revived the debate on whether political profitability outshined science. About Western Ghats: Western Ghats is spread over 6 states (Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Goa, Maharashtra, and Gujarat) and houses about 139 species of mammal, 508 species of birds Read More …

Dam Safety Bill

Context: Central Water Commission (CWC) maintains the National Register of Large Dams (NRLD) based on information received from the State Governments. As per NRLD, there are 5264 large dams completed and 437 large dams under construction in India. Number of dam failures reported in India is 36.  Ministry of Water Read More …

Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction 2018

Context: A high level Ministerial delegation from India headed by Minister of State for Home Affairs will be participating in the Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction 2018 (AMCDRR 2018) to be held in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. Theme: The theme of the AMCDRR 2018: ‘Preventing Disaster Risk: Protecting Sustainable Development’ Read More …