Disasters

  • 13th body pulled from snow in Mount Everest avalanche 19-04-2014 05:03 PM

    Kathmandu: Search teams recovered a 13th body on Saturday from the snow and ice covering a dangerous climbing pass on Mount Everest, where an avalanche a day earlier swept over a group of Sherpa guides in the deadliest disaster on the world's highest peak. Another three guides remained missing, and...
  • Uttarakhand government gives final touches to Char Dham yatra preparations 15-04-2014 02:17 PM

    With just a fortnight to go for the start of the annual Char Dham pilgrimage, Uttarakhand government is giving final touches to preparations for the yatra route to ensure a smooth and trouble-free journey for the devotees en route to the four Himalayan shrines. "Almost all major roads on the...
  • 6.7 magnitude earthquake strikes off Nicobar Islands 21-03-2014 07:47 PM

    A 6.7-magnitude earthquake struck off Nicobar Islands on Friday, the US Geological Service reported. The quake hit at a relatively shallow depth of 6.2 miles (10 km) about 68 miles (110 km) southeast of Mishap, Nicobar Islands, in the Indian Ocean, the agency said. An official at the provincial disaster...
  • Chhattisgarh sanctions Rs 200 crore to compensate farmers 04-03-2014 09:29 PM

    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...
  • Harish Rawat assures flow of funds for reconstruction 03-03-2014 08:39 PM

    Chief Minister Harish Rawat on Monday said there would be no dearth of funds for reconstruction in disaster-hit areas but there should be no compromise on the quality of work. Reviewing reconstruction work in Narendra Nagar area of the district, Rawat assured officials of adequate funds wherever needed but said...
  • SC asks Centre to respond on safety measures at Kudankulam 17-02-2014 06:33 PM

    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...
  • Odisha boat tragedy toll reaches 28, probe ordered 11-02-2014 12:04 AM

    The toll in Sunday's boat tragedy in Odisha rose to 28 Monday, with rescuers retrieving more bodies, officials said. Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik ordered an inquiry into the tragedy and announced an ex-gratia grant of Rs 1.5 lakh to the kin of the dead. "Seventeen bodies were retrieved today (Monday)....
  • Jharkhand compensates Rs 5 lakh to kin of 36 Uttarakhand floods victims 11-01-2014 07:54 AM

    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...
  • Underground fire, subsidence in Jharia be considered as 'national disaster': CPI(M) 11-01-2014 12:15 AM

    The CPI(M) on Friday told the 14th Finance Commission that the underground fire, subsidence and emission of poisonous gas in the Jharia coalfields of Dhanbad be considered as a "national disaster". "Lives and livelihood of about seven lakh inhabitants in the area are adversely affected due to the underground fire...
  • Uttarakhand floods: Rs 7 lakh compensation given to kin of victims 25-12-2013 09:04 PM

    A compensation of Rs. seven lakh each has been given to families of persons from Tamil Nadu killed in the flood fury in Uttarakhand in June last year. Kin of the 14 persons killed in floods and landslides in Kedarnath and Badrinath received the compensation by way of cheques on...
  • Widows of Uttarakhand disaster pick up the threads of life 22-12-2013 08:04 PM

    For Dhanita Devi, 22, life took a tragic turn six months ago when the flash floods that hit the pilgrim town of Kedarnath in Uttarakhand washed away her hopes and dreams. Her husband of six years died, leaving her alone to take care of the three children. The story is...
  • Disaster management officers deserve salary hike for their good work, says Vijay Bahuguna 19-12-2013 04:02 PM

    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...
  • BJP demands all party panel to oversee Uttarakhand relief package 11-12-2013 02:24 PM

    BJP has demanded formation of an all-party monitoring committee to oversee spending of Rs 7,346 crore package sanctioned by the Centre for relief and rehabilitation of flood-hit Uttarakhand. An all-party monitoring committee was needed to prevent any embezzlement of funds meant for the rehabilitation of victims of the June tragedy,...
  • Centre sanctions Rs 7,346 crore for flood-hit Uttarakhand 10-12-2013 09:29 AM

    A Cabinet Committee headed by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Monday sanctioned Rs 7,346 crore for the relief and rehabilitation of flood-hit Uttarakhand. The decision was taken during a meeting held at the Prime Minister's official residence in New Delhi, according to a statement issued by the state government in...
  • Indonesia orders mass evacuation as alert raised on Sumatra volcano 24-11-2013 09:13 PM

    Indonesia ordered the evacuation of 15,000 residents near an active volcano in the west of the vast archipelago on Sunday as authorities raised the alert for the emergency to the highest level. Mount Sinabung on the island of Sumatra has become increasingly active in recent months, spewing columns of ash...
  • More disasters waiting to happen: Air vice-marshal 18-11-2013 10:42 PM

    More disasters are waiting to happen in Uttarakhand and relief materials should be kept at vantage points in all readiness on a regular basis, said Air Vice-Marshal SRK Nair, who had played a key role in search, rescue and relief operations there, said on Monday. The disaster in June was...
  • Central team visits drought-hit areas of the state 18-11-2013 10:13 PM

    A central team on Monday began a visit of drought-hit Bihar to assess the situation, an official said. Bihar in September declared 33 of its 38 districts drought-hit on account of poor rains. The state was 25% deficit in its annual rainfall. "The 12 member-team held a meeting with top...
  • More disasters waiting to happen in Uttarakhand, says IAF officer 18-11-2013 02:45 PM

    More disasters are waiting to happen in the Uttarakhand region and relief materials should be kept at vantage points in all readiness on a regular basis, a senior IAF officer, who played a key role in search, rescue and relief operations, said on Monday. The massive disaster in June was...
  • PM stresses for improvement of disaster management capabilities 28-10-2013 07:03 PM

    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...
  • Mumbai: Two dead after part of a wall collapses in Chembur 20-10-2013 05:41 PM

    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: Rainfall expected at various parts of Odisha, Bihar, Andhra 13-10-2013 03:10 PM

    Cyclone Phailin is 50kms south of Sambalpur. It is now moving northwards, wind speed is still around 100kmph. Rainfall is expected at various parts of Odisha, Bihar, and Andhra. ...
  • Cyclone Phailin: NDRF, highway authorities carry rescue operation in Srikakulam 13-10-2013 01:38 PM

    NDRF and highway authorities are working together in Srikakulam to clear the debris. Cranes and JCBs have been deployed here on the highways; uprooted trees have been pushed to the sides to allow traffic to flow. Nine NDRF teams are on ground in Srikakulam. ...
  • Ganjam and Srikakulum could be the worst affected districts: NDRF 13-10-2013 11:57 AM

    NDRF has said that a lot of houses have been damaged due to the cyclone Phailin. "We have no confirmation about casualty during the day. A large number of trees, electric poles and telephone poles have fallen," it said. ...
  • Cyclone Phailin to hit AP, Odisha this evening; over 2 lakh evacuated 12-10-2013 07:49 AM

    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...
  • West Bengal takes steps to manage aftermath of cyclone Phailin 11-10-2013 05:55 PM

    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,"...
  • Gujarat: Continuous rains push Vishwamitri river above danger mark 26-09-2013 08:40 AM

    Ahmedabad: Gujarat continues to battle with floods as the water level of Vishwamitri river has been pushed above the danger mark due to continuous rains. Ahmedabad is one of the worst affected region with the floods and more than 40,000 people have been evacuated so far. The flooding has caused...
  • Earthquake kills over 40, damages houses in southwest Pakistan 24-09-2013 11:16 PM

    New Delhi: Tremors were felt in parts of northern India this evening after an earthquake measuring 7.8 on the Richter scale rocked Pakistan's Balochistan area. The tremors were felt around 5 PM in the national capital, border areas in Rajasthan's Jaisalmer and Barmer, Punjab and Himachal Pradesh. There were no...
  • Gangotri yatra resumes three months after Uttarkhand disaster 24-09-2013 05:00 PM

    Dehradun: Pilgrimage to Gangotri, one of the Char Dhams, resumed on Tuesday after remaining suspended for over three months in the wake of the devastating flashfloods in the state. Uttarkashi District Magistrate Pankaj Pandey took stock of the condition of the roads in the Gangotri area on Monday and declared...
  • Four-storey building collapses in Thane, two feared trapped 21-09-2013 08:38 AM

    Mumbai: A four-storey building on Saturday collapsed in Maharashtra's Thane city. Two people are feared trapped inside the building. The building is situated just next to the Mumbra railway station. Thane's Commissioner has, however, said that the building was around 8-12 years old and the residents of the building were...