Jan 8, 2016

Meeting on disaster risk reduction begins today

Source : Times of India

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Patna: Experts on disaster management will debate and finalize a 'disaster risk reduction road map for Bihar' during the two-day workshop from Friday for validation of the draft. The road map will be for 2015-2030 period.

State disaster management department principal secretary Vyas Ji said experts from India and abroad have been invited to discuss the draft road map which has been prepared by experts from different organizations, including Bihar State Disaster Management Authority, Unicef, Oxfam India and Save the Children.

"Bihar is one of the high-risk zones for earthquake and floods. It has been noted, off late, that twisters wreak havoc in northeastern districts of the state. Keeping in mind the different kinds of risk, which has to be mitigated in scientific and planned manner, we have drafted a disaster risk reduction road map for Bihar for 15 years (2015-2030) and to ensure that we have invited experts to debate on every aspect," Vyas ji said.

While all the 38 districts of the state are in high-risk zone (Seismic Zone V to III) for earthquake, only 28 are in the risk area for floods. However, only eight districts in northeast are in high-risk twisters. In the last few years, twisters have claimed many lives in northeastern district. In 2015, around 60 deaths were reported.

Bihar CM Nitish Kumar will inaugurate the workshop for validation of the road map. Larse Brent from Unicef, executive director of National Institute of Disaster Management (NIDM) Santosh Kumar and a member of National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), Kamal Kishor, will also participate in the workshop.

Source: Times of India

Meeting on disaster risk reduction begins today

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