Mar 1, 2016

'Bihar first state to draw disaster risk reduction road map'

Source : Times of India

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Patna: Chief minister Nitish Kumar's 100 days in office this time may be dismissed by his opponents as a period marked by rhetoric. But he deserves appreciation for his concern for the safety and security of the people of this state, which is often hit by disasters and fall under seismic zone.

"It is under CM Nitish that Bihar has been able to draw a disaster risk reduction (DRR) road map in the light of Sendai Framework for Action (SFA), for 15 years to meet the challenges of natural calamities, especially earthquakes," said disaster management department (DMD) principal secretary Vyasji.

"In fact, Bihar is the first state to draw such a road map and majority of its districts fall in the seismic zone. Of the 38 districts of Bihar, eight fall in seismic zone V of which 2 districts (Madhubani and Supaul) fall entirely in seismic zone V while 24 districts fall in seismic zone IV and six in seismic zone III with most districts falling under multiple seismic zones (i.e. either seismic zone V & IV or seismic zone IV & III)," he said.

While addressing a workshop recently, the CM had said the DRR road map for 2015-2030 would ensure that all new constructions in the state, private or government, should be earthquake-resistant.

Vyasji said old school, college, hospital and office buildings would also be retrofitted on the basis of DRR. The government first took the initiative for preparing the road map after devastating earthquakes in Nepal and Bihar in April 2015. Its aim is to reduce up to 50% of the economic losses and up to 75% loss of lives caused by disasters. Oxfam India also joined hands with other agencies and DMD to develop the DRD road map in the state, said Vyasji.

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