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    India needs to emphasis disaster prevention, not disaster management

    Disaster prevention or mitigation means the preventive measures implemented to reduce or eradicate the risks of hazards from disasters through very practical methods before any disaster or calamity occurs. Some of them are disaster mitigation programs of public awareness, hazard mapping, insurance programs, construction of tsunami and cyclone centres in coastal areas, flood plain mapping, raising homes in flood-prone areas, etc.
    Disaster management means a team or organization and management of resources like economically, materially, environmentally, and responsibilities with all humanitarian aspects of emergencies.
    It's been seen in India with disaster management programs in every situation like flood, cyclone, tsunami, etc. however, need to emphasis disaster prevention. Please comment.
  • #572675
    We all know the phrase "Prevention is better than Cure". In the same way, it is better to focus on disaster prevention rather than on disaster management. Disaster management can help only some people but not everyone because some people would be already dead. But, disaster prevention can help everyone because nobody will die.

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  • #572680
    Natural disasters like earthquakes, flooding, volcanic eruption, landslides, hurricanes, tsunami, droughts, famines, flash floods, cyclones, avalanches etc. cannot be prevented as such. Totally accurate weather forecasting has not yet become possible. Though in advanced countries the degree of accuracy is higher, but technology being too expensive, it cannot be afforded by developing countries like ours. Similarly, technology to forecast earthquake much in advance has not yet been developed.
    In India, we believe that such occurrences depend on the God's will and therefore don't bother much to take preventive measures. Moreover, the population is growing at such a fast rate that it is not possible to shift all the people to safer areas which are not prone to natural calamities.
    Take the example of the Uttarakhand. There, people construct hotels/restaurants on the river banks in their greed of earning tourist's money, but the same get washed away in flash floods.

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  • #572718

    A very good thought provoking thread from the author and needs to be recognized for award this week. I am also truly supporting the views that India must emerge as the front runner in this region to evaluate technology in such a way that we should warn the people from the natural calamities before hand and for that National Disaster Prevention board must be set up. In this contributions from the Met authorities, the ISRO, and even NASA can be sought on managing the probable disaster from the natural calamities before hand. So that people from low lying areas can be shifted immediately. For example spate of Brahmaputra when it flows with anger, always affects people on its banks. Like wise the floods from Krishna and Godavari in AP is always risky and the people are always caught unaware due to failure of system to warn them before hand. Even our present NDM is not fully equipped and not given sweeping powers to act on own.

    K Mohan
    I consider myself as the learner everyday

  • #572728

    Well Said. The same is happening in Tamil Nadu as well. Even after seeing the flood, the Govt has not taken any responsibility to safeguard the lakes and natural resources. Even after the flood, many places in Chennai are still dependent on metro water. Water starvation has already started in Chennai. The infrastructure construction is not at all good. The government officials should wake up and do the right thing instead of doing anything for the sake of doing it.

    Encroachment near the lakes and water bodies should be cleared by the government. Even though the Court says that it should be cleared by the PWD department, people are not caring about it. And when flood comes people blame. It is their mistake to build a house in between a lake. When flood comes where will all the water go.

    Instead of thinking about disaster management and after effect recovery, government should take responsibility to save the water bodies and clear encroachment. Dams should be constructed to prevent water from mixing with Sea water. In that case it becomes of no use to people even after a big flood.

    Thanks and Regards,
    S Balasubramanian

    Quote: "It doesn't matter what we want. once we get it, then we want something else."

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