Disaster Management

Chennai Oil Spill

February 23, 2017

On January 28, 2017, a collision of two tankers off the Ennore Port near Chennai resulted in leakage of around one tonne of oil into the ocean. Here is a short review of basics. Causes of Oil spills Often oil spills are generally caused by accidents involving...

National Disaster Management Plan (NDMP)

September 22, 2016

On June 1, 2016, Prime Minister released the National Disaster Management Plan (NDMP). This is the first ever national plan for disaster management prepared in the country. The vision of NDMP is to make India disaster resilient, achieve substantial disaster risk reduction, and decrease losses of life,...

Disaster Management: Forest Fires – Vulnerability, Preparedness and Mitigation

May 20, 2016

The vulnerability of the Indian forests to fire varies from place to place depending upon the type of vegetation and the climate. The coniferous forest in the Himalayan region comprising of Chir, Fir, Spruce, Deodar etc. is very prone to fire. With respect to Himalayas, we note...

Forest Fires in India: Extent, Reasons and Impacts

May 20, 2016

As per State of Forests Report 2015, India has forest cover in more than 7 Lakh sq km area which is 21.34% of the total geographical area of the country. India has variety of dense forests in tropical south, Himalayan Mountains and the wet north-east regions. Forest...

Causes and Types of Forest Fires

May 20, 2016

Forest fires are a common problem across the world posing significant threats to terrestrial, aquatic and atmospheric systems also. Every year, extreme wild fires lead to loss of forest wealth, biodiversity, ecosystem functioning and landscape stability. Causes of Forest Fire Forest fires can be caused by natural...

Understanding Hazard in Disaster Management

February 7, 2016

A Hazard is a threat and future source of danger and has potential to cause harm to man, human activities, properties and environment in future.  The earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, cyclones, floods, landslides, accidents and other such events are examples of natural or manmade hazards.  The hazards represent...