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Andhra CM to release disaster management rules

Posted Sep 24 2008 12:21pm

Hyderabad: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Rajasekahra Reddy on September 24 will release the book entitled 'National Disaster Management Guidelines for Management of Cyclones'.

It will provide institutional and coordination mechanisms for effective disaster management at the national, state and the district levels in the backdrop of the Disaster Management Act, 2005.

In a meeting reviewing the disaster management preparedness of the state administration, the Chief Minister said that under the mandate of the Act, a multi-tiered institutional system has been created up to the district level to promote a relief-centric approach to a more pro-active, holistic and integrated approach of strengthening disaster preparedness, mitigation and emergency response.

The book compiled by the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) highlighted the need for an integrated and well-coordinated strategy to reach relief and rehabilitation initiatives even to the last person affected by cyclones, heavy rains and stormy tides.

Briefing the CM about the book, Disaster Management Commissioner Dinesh Kumar said that the guidelines recommend for early warning systems of cyclones; structural measures for preparedness and mitigation; cyclone shelters, buildings, road links; and communication and power transmission network.

These also recommend management of coastal zones; awareness generation related to cyclone disaster management; disaster risk management issues, analysis, studies of various types; hazard-zonation mapping and data generation; and use of GIS tools, the Commissioner said.

The guidelines were aimed at enhancing national, state and local scale advocacy partnerships and knowledge management for mainstreaming disaster risk reduction and standardising hazard risk management tools, methodologies and practices.

These guidelines call for a participatory approach to strengthen the national vision of moving towards a more pro-active pre-disaster preparedness and mitigation-centric approach.

These contain all the details that are required and will help in preparation of plans by the state.
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