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    Let us be prepared for disasters

    During the recent Kerala flood crisis, there has been a fairly good coordination among the various people affected by the floods and the communication has also been okay. Hundreds of thousands were rescued and brought to places of safety.

    Yet, the question arises as to whether the other States are as prepared as Kerala. In fact,the number of volunteers who have helped the armed forces is put at over 25,000. This is a massive number,

    Do other States have adequate warning mechanisms? AP is also often affected, particularly the Nellore region. One of the common mistakes of every Government is to happily allow fertile lands to be converted into residential colonies. Chennai is a perfect example. Perhaps there is no choice and so Chennai has expanded. How about identifying lands that cannot be cultivated and then allow residential development? Drinking water can be supplied through pipes wherever necessary, from water sources nearby.

    We should also be prepared to have proper check dams to regulate water to the fertile areas. Today, the Cauvery in Tamil Nadu, is in spate. There is water everywhere but most of it is going to the sea. Only now, the Tamil Nadu Government is talking of check dams.

    Let all States think about more judicious use of water. When disasters strike, we also need to learn from such disasters.
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    In the centre, there is a disaster management committee and in the same way, all states will have their state wing of this disaster management committee. Then every district will have a disaster management committee. I was a member of the Nalgonda District Crisis Management committee. The on-site and off-site emergency plans will be in place and mock drills will be conducted once in a while on a lower scale. They will be meeting at regular intervals and do the required changes in the implementation plans. As such I think all the states will be ready with its emergency mitigation plans in place. In 2014, when there was a big cyclone in Visakhapatnam, the AP government managed the entire show very well and minimised the loss.
    This concept of mitigating the emergency situations should percolate down to village and town level from district level and the people should get trained in facing and managing these situations. In such cases the losses especially the loss of lives will definitely come down.

    always confident

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