Disaster Management

  • Health emergency in Pakistan due to floods September 14, 2014

    Islamabad: Eight districts in Pakistan's Sindh province have declared a health emergency due to the floods caused by heavy rains, the media reported on Sunday. According to officials, Sindh Health Minister Saghir Ahmed declared an emergency in the province with particular focus on the eight districts, Dawn online reported. Sindh's health department...
  • Death toll in Pakistan floods reaches 280 September 14, 2014

    Islamabad: At least 280 people have been killed and over two million affected in massive flooding triggered by heavy monsoon rains in Pakistan even as military specialists blew up dikes to divert swollen rivers and save cities from raging floods. The rains lashed vast areas of the country last week...
  • Nearly 6 billion dollars fund earmarked for disaster mitigation: Rijiju September 11, 2014

    Washington: Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju has said that the Indian government has earmarked 10 per cent of funds in all Centresponsored development programmes for disaster mitigation, which amounts to about $5.5 billion for the current fiscal. "India is a leading country now in disaster management. We...
  • 2 killed, 4 lakh affected in Bihar flood August 17, 2014

    Two people were killed and nearly four lakh people were affected by floods in Bihar, an official said on Sunday. Vayasji, the principal secretary of state disaster management department, said two casualties were reported from floodaffected Saharsa district. "Around 3.94 lakh people have been hit by floods in several districts, including two...
  • High alert sounded as swollen rivers pose threat to over 100 villages August 16, 2014

    Flood water has entered over 100 villages in Bihar, forcing people to abandon their homes, and rising water level in most rivers is posing a threat to many other villages, officials said on Friday. All the inundated villages are in floodprone districts of Bagha, Gopalganj, Madhubani, Sitamarhi, Supaul, Saharsa, Khagaria, Darbhanga...
  • Water level rises in Mahanadi river system in Odisha August 7, 2014

    Swollen rivers in Odisha wreaked havoc in the state amid fear of a high flood in Mahanadi river system claiming 27 human lives so far and affecting 10 lakh people as the state government stepped up evacuation and kept two choppers stand by Wednesday. "The focus is now on Mahanadi river...
  • State government seeks Army's help over Kosi flood threat August 3, 2014

    With the danger of flood looming large in the Kosi belt along BiharNepal border, the state government has put its personnel on alert, ordered evacuation of people inhabiting the embankment area and also sought help from the Army. Bihar Disaster Management Department (DMD) Principal Secretary Vyasji said the state government has...
  • Bihar government orders immediate evacuation of people living along Kosi embankment August 3, 2014

    Bihar government has ordered immediate evacuation of people living along the embankment of Kosi in four districts as a 10metre high wall of water is expected to sweep down the river from Nepal by this evening or tonight, officials said. Describing the situation as "most alarming", Bihar Disaster Management Department (DMD)...
  • First doppler radar to be put up in Tehri July 15, 2014

    A doppler radar, which was necessitated after the last year's natural calamity in Uttarakhand, will be put up in Tehri district to strengthen advance weather information gathering mechanism in the state. The radar, first in the state, will be put up near the highaltitude Surkanda Devi temple in the district with...
  • Mild tremors in Pithoragarh district of Uttarakhand July 3, 2014

    Mild tremors were on Thursday felt in the Pithoragarh district of Uttarakhand, MeT office said. A mild earthquake measuring 4.1 on the Richter scale hit Pithoragarh and adjoining areas at 5.6 PM, the MeT office said. The epicentre of the quake was located 30.2 degree north (latitude) and 80.2 degree east...
  • Chhattisgarh government asks officials to make contingency plan keeping in view delayed monsoon June 26, 2014

    Keeping in view the delayed monsoon, the Chhattisgarh government has asked the officials to prepare a contingency plan to deal with any exigency. The agriculture department has been asked to continuously help the farmers with agriculturerelated suggestions though mobile SMS. Looking at the predictions of delayed monsoon, the state government is gearing...
  • IAF holds workshop to train officials on disaster management May 21, 2014

    The Indian Air Force held its annual workshop on disaster management on Tuesday at Phalodi in Jodhpur to train officials of Rajasthan government in dealing with natural calamities like flood and earthquake. The event was organised by the Air Force station in Phalodi under the aegis of South Western Air Command,...
  • Chhattisgarh sanctions Rs 200 crore to compensate farmers March 5, 2014

    Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh on Tuesday sanctioned a sum of Rs 200 crore to compensate farmers who suffered losses in recent rainfalls and hailstorms in several places of the state. "Singh chaired a meeting of senior officials to take stock of the situation and took a decision on Tuesday in...
  • SC asks Centre to respond on safety measures at Kudankulam February 17, 2014

    New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday sought response from Centre and Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB) on implementation of safety guidelines issued by it for Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant in Tamil Nadu. A bench headed by Justice KS Radhakrishnan asked the authorities to file report within three weeks on a...
  • Jharkhand compensates Rs 5 lakh to kin of 36 Uttarakhand floods victims January 11, 2014

    The Jharkhand government on Friday handed over Rs 5 lakh each to the kin of 36 victims of the June 2013 Uttarakhand disaster. "Chief Minister Hemant Soren handed over Rs.5 lakh each to the kin of 36 people who died in the the Uttarakhand disaster at a solemn programme held at...
  • Disaster management officers deserve salary hike for their good work, says Vijay Bahuguna December 19, 2013

    District disaster management officers in Uttarakhand, which was hit by a major natural disaster in June this year, will now be paid better and have better resources at their disposal. This was announced by Chief Minister Vijay Bahuguna while presiding over a meeting of the State Disaster Management Authority in Dehradun...
  • Central team visits droughthit areas of the state November 18, 2013

    A central team on Monday began a visit of droughthit Bihar to assess the situation, an official said. Bihar in September declared 33 of its 38 districts droughthit on account of poor rains. The state was 25% deficit in its annual rainfall. "The 12 memberteam held a meeting with top officials of...
  • PM stresses for improvement of disaster management capabilities October 28, 2013

    Citing the recent natural disasters in Uttarakhand, Odisha and Andhra Pradesh, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Monday pressed for urgent steps to strengthen early warning systems and improve disaster management capabilities to save lives. Addressing the 5th meeting of the National Disaster Management Authority chaired by him, he said extreme weather...
  • Mumbai: Two dead after part of a wall collapses in Chembur October 20, 2013

    Mumbai: Two children died after a part of a wall collapsed at Vishweswar Mandir Trust in Chembur. Disaster Management said that the children, aged 7 and 8, were playing near the wall when the incident took place. Further details are awaited. ...
  • Cyclone Phailin to hit AP, Odisha this evening; over 2 lakh evacuated October 12, 2013

    Bhubaneswar/Hyderabad: Cyclone Phailin, a storm as big as Hurricane Katrina that left New Orleans a ghost town, is heading towards northern Andhra Pradesh and Odisha. The storm, which is almost half the size of India, is expected to make landfall at 5:30 pm on Saturday. It has started raining in Andhra...
  • West Bengal takes steps to manage aftermath of cyclone Phailin October 11, 2013

    West Bengal government has dispatched disaster management teams to coastal areas of the state to tackle the aftermath of cyclone Phailin which is set to hit neighbouring Odisha by Saturday evening. "We have dispatched several disaster management teams to the coastal areas of West Bengal including Diamond Harbour and Digha," Disaster...
  • Bihar floods: Water level of Ganga recedes, embankments safe, says DMD September 9, 2013

    Patna: Water levels in flood-affected Bihar have started to recede even as thousands remain displaced. The Disaster Management Department (DMD) stated that the embankments are now safe. Over 200 people have died and 6.9 million displaced as the flood situation remained grim in the state due to spate in various...
  • Bihar: 160 people killed, 5.4 million people affected by floods in 2013 September 3, 2013

    Patna: Around 160 people have died and 5.4 million affected due to floods in Bihar in 2013. The Disaster Management officials have pointed that as many as 20 districts in the state have been affected with the Ganga wreaking havoc in at least 10 of those. The Disaster Management Department...
  • ISRO defends role in Uttarakhand rescue operations July 2, 2013

    Sriharikota: Defending its role in the rescue operations in the floodravaged Uttarakhand, ISRO on Monday said the agency had played its role in the largest rescue operations in the country, saving thousands of lives. "We did our role in the rescue operations by providing imagery and equipment," ISRO chairman K...
  • Uttarakhand: About one lakh moved to safer areas, says minister June 30, 2013

    Badrinath: Uttarakhand's Disaster Management Minister Yashpal Arya said on Sunday that approximately one lakh stranded pilgrims in the state have been moved to safer areas but some pilgrims at Badrinath are yet to be evacuated. The focus of Uttarakhand rescue operations, which are now in their final phase, has shifted on...
  • Watch India @ 9 with Rajdeep Sardesai June 28, 2013

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  • Watch India @ 9 with Rajdeep Sardesai June 27, 2013

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  • Uttarakhand tragedy: Shouldn't India's rich be more generous in times of crisis? June 26, 2013

    While the focus has been on pilgrims stranded in Uttarakhand, an even bigger crisis confronts the local populations. Two villages on the way to Hemkund Saheb have been washed away and its 500 residents, who depend on pilgrims and tourists for their livelihood, have been left with close to nothing. ...
  • Watch India @ 9 with Rajdeep Sardesai June 26, 2013

    Catch the day's top stories with Rajdeep Sardesai on India @ 9. ...
  • Air rescue operations hampered by bad weather, 2000 people stranded in Badrinath June 26, 2013

    IBN7's Smita Sharma was on board an Mi17 helicopter from Joshimath to Badrinath and trekked to Lambagad and sent this report from the disaster zone....