Dam Safety Bill runs into Opposition criticism

Opposition parties have criticised the Dam Safety Bill, 2019. They have opined that the bill would undermine the powers of State governments since Water is a State subject. The Dam Safety Bill aims to put uniform safety measures for dams across India. The Bill provides for the constitution of a National Committee on Dam Safety.… Continue reading Dam Safety Bill runs into Opposition criticism

Dam Safety Bill gets nod from CCEA

Union Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) has cleared the Dam Safety Bill, 2019 The bill aims to put in place a systematic procedure to ensure that dams in India are made and maintained safely. The Bill provides for the constitution of a National Committee on Dam Safety. Functions of the Committee include: a) formulating… Continue reading Dam Safety Bill gets nod from CCEA

Odisha comes up with a flood atlas, aided by satellite imagery

Odisha Chief Minister has released a unique flood hazard atlas which is expected to help the State manage floods more efficiently. The flood hazard atlas system takes into account the flood inundation data captured through satellite imagery over the period from 2001 to 2018. The National Remote Sensing Centre (NRSC) of the Indian Space Research… Continue reading Odisha comes up with a flood atlas, aided by satellite imagery

Cyclone Vayu to be very severe: IMD

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has classified Cyclone Vayu as a “very severe” Cyclonic storm and predicted wind speeds of up to 175 km per hour when it makes landfall on the Saurashtra coast, Gujarat. The IMD ranks cyclones on a 5-point scale- a) Cyclonic storm, b) Severe cyclonic storm, c) Very severe cyclonic storm,… Continue reading Cyclone Vayu to be very severe: IMD

Water experts warn of ‘desertification’ of Marathwada

Economists and water experts have warned of “desertification” in the water scarce Marathwada region of Maharashtra. They have further said that the water crisis in the region is a policy induced failure. According to experts, though rainfall in Marathwada is below normal, it is enough to meet the basic drinking water and household needs of… Continue reading Water experts warn of ‘desertification’ of Marathwada

Heat waves to intensify in India from next year: Study

According to a recent study titled “Future Projections of Heat Waves over India from CMIP5 Models”, frequency of heat waves and their duration in India might increase from early 2020. The study has been conducted by Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology (IITM). It has been published in the journal Climate Dynamics. The study examined nine… Continue reading Heat waves to intensify in India from next year: Study

India to co-chair Consultative Group (CG) of Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR)

India has been selected as co-chair of the Consultative Group (CG) of Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery(GFDRR) for the fiscal year 2020.This is the first time that India will be co-chairing the CG meeting of GFDRR. This decision was taken during the meeting of GFDRR held in Geneva, Switzerland on the margins of… Continue reading India to co-chair Consultative Group (CG) of Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR)

Odisha set to introspect post-disaster communication

The post-disaster communication in Odisha had failed after extremely severe cyclone Fani struck the state. State disaster managers have decided to introspect how post-disaster communication failed for the first time since Super Cyclone in 1999. Communication during and immediately after a disaster situation is an important component of response and recovery. It connects affected people,… Continue reading Odisha set to introspect post-disaster communication

New protocols for managing disasters

The Kerala State Disaster Management Authority (KSDMA) has updated standard operating procedures (SOP) and adopted new protocols for disaster management in the State. The updated SOP is known as ‘Orange book of disaster management — Kerala — SOP and emergency support functions plan.  It was previously known as the ‘Handbook on disaster management — Volume… Continue reading New protocols for managing disasters

Road accidents still cause most deaths: WHO report

World Health Organisation (WHO)’s Global Status report on Road Safety has stated that road accidents are the leading cause of death among people in the 5-29 age-group worldwide. According to the report, more than 1.35 million lives are lost each year and 50 million sustain injuries due to road accidents.The report has been released during… Continue reading Road accidents still cause most deaths: WHO report