NDMA issues guidelines for restarting manufacturing units

News:The National Disaster Management Authority(NDMA) has issued guidelines for restarting manufacturing and chemical industries after the lockdown period ends. Facts: Key Features of Guidelines: Test Run Period: The first week of restarting any machinery or chemical unit should be considered as the trial or test period and the industries should not try to achieve high… Continue reading NDMA issues guidelines for restarting manufacturing units

Explained: What are the safeguards against chemical disasters in India?

News:According to the National Disaster Management Authority(NDMA), over 130 significant chemical accidents have been reported in the country. Facts: Chemical Disaster:It is the unintentional release of one or more hazardous substances which could harm human health and the environment.The most dangerous chemical accident was 1984 Bhopal gas tragedy in which more than 3,000 people died… Continue reading Explained: What are the safeguards against chemical disasters in India?

Vizag gas leak: What is styrene gas?

News:Styrene gas leakage at a polymer plant in Visakhapatnam has killed several people and forced the evacuation of thousands of people. Facts: Styrene:It is an organic compound with the formula C8H8.It is a derivative of benzene and is colourless liquid that evaporates easily, Uses: It is the main raw material for synthesis of polystyrene which… Continue reading Vizag gas leak: What is styrene gas?

UK confirmed as first co-chair to India led Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure

News:The United Kingdom will be co-chairing the India led CDRI (Global Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure). Facts: About CDRI: Launched by India at the UN Secretary-General’s Climate Action Summit in New York,US in 2019. It is an international knowledge and capacity development platform where countries can collaborate to make their existing and new infrastructure strong… Continue reading UK confirmed as first co-chair to India led Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure

Explained: What is a notified disaster and how is the SDRF used

News:The Ministry of Home Affairs has decided to treat COVID-19 as a notified disaster for the purpose of providing assistance under the State Disaster Response Fund(SDRF). Facts: About Disaster: Disaster is an extreme disruption of the functioning of a society that causes widespread human, material, or environmental losses that exceed the ability of the affected… Continue reading Explained: What is a notified disaster and how is the SDRF used

Conference on Coastal Disaster Risk Reduction and Resilience(CDRR&R)

News:Union Minister of State for Home Affairs has presided over the session of the 1st ‘National Conference on Coastal Disaster Risk Reduction and Resilience – 2020’. Facts: About the conference: Organized by the National Institute of Disaster Management(NIDM). Aim:To explore and debate the most recent advances in the discipline, to enhance the understanding of the… Continue reading Conference on Coastal Disaster Risk Reduction and Resilience(CDRR&R)

Government launches Seismic Hazard Microzonation to minimize earthquake disasters

News:The Ministry of Earth Science has launched Seismic Hazard Microzonation project in major cities of India. Facts: Aim of the project:The project aims to reduce hazards of seismic activities by putting in adequate measures. About Seismic Hazard Microzonation: Seismic Hazard Microzonation is the process of identifying the earthquake prone areas based on its geological and… Continue reading Government launches Seismic Hazard Microzonation to minimize earthquake disasters

National Disaster Response Fund

News: Central government has released calamity relief of ₹5,908 crore to seven states from the National Disaster Relief Fund. Facts: About the National Disaster Response Fund It is a fund managed by the Central Government for meeting the expenses for emergency response, relief and rehabilitation due to any threatening disaster situation or disaster. Background National… Continue reading National Disaster Response Fund

1st International Conference on “Landslides Risk Reduction and Resilience-2019”

News: The Union Minister of State for Home Affairs inaugurated the 1st International Conference on “Landslides Risk Reduction and Resilience” in Delhi. The conference has been organised by the National Institute of Disaster Management. Facts: About the Conference: The conference has been organised by the National Institute of Disaster Management. The aim of the Conference… Continue reading 1st International Conference on “Landslides Risk Reduction and Resilience-2019”

NDRF to train unit to save heritage structures

News: The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has decided to come up with a specialized unit in each battalion to help preserve monuments and other heritage structure in pre and post disaster scenarios. Facts: About National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) The NDRF is a specialised force constituted for the purpose of specialist response to a… Continue reading NDRF to train unit to save heritage structures