ISRO drones help map disasters in north-east

The Shillong-based North-Eastern Space Applications Centre (NE-SAC) of the Indian Space Research Organisation has tested unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to assess several regional problems, ranging from measuring diseased paddy fields to damage caused by frequent landslides in the north eastern region of the country.

PARAM-ISHAN Super Computer Launched

Union Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar launched the Param-Ishan supercomputing facility at IIT, Guwahati on September 19, 2016.

Kerala decentralises disaster management

Kerala is embarking on a project to strengthen the network of emergency operations centres at the State and district-level and bolster its community-based disaster risk reduction initiatives through local bodies.

Report on the Spot Study of Water Situation in Drought Affected Areas of the country

The report of on the Spot Study of Water Situation in Drought Affected Areas of the country (2015-16) was recently submitted to the government. The study was carried out by Central Water Commission under the Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation.

Parliamentary panel on Chennai deluge

A Parliamentary panel has rejected Union Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi’s contention that there cannot be preparation for a disaster like the Chennai floods which “occurs once in 100 years”.

NDRF training to one lakh people in one month for better reach

To ensure resilience and better preparedness against disasters, the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has trained over a lakh people across the country in one month on the do’s and don’ts during man-made or natural emergencies.

Disaster Management Act - Latest Issue

In a bid to protect lives of citizens reeling under severe drought in several states, the Supreme Court recently directed the centre to set up a National Disaster Mitigation Fund (NDMF) under a non-operational statutory provision.