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NASA plans to monitor volcanoes from space

NASA is in plans to monitor volcanoes, earthquakes and other land deformation events from space using InSAR. InSAR InSAR or Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar is a remote sensing technique that uses SAR (synthetic aperture radar) images to monitor natural hazards like volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, landslides, glacial movement and other land deformation events. NISAR NISAR or ..

COVID-19- A Notified Disaster

The Union Ministry of Home Affairs recently declared the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic as a ‘notified disease’. This would enable the provision of assistance to SDRF. SDRF SDRF or State Disaster Response Fund is the state governments’ primary fund for responding to notified disasters. It was constituted under the Disaster Management Act of 2005. For the ..

INS Shardul provides relief to flood-hit Madagascar

India recently handed over 600 tonnes of rice and relief material to flood-hit Madagascar. Indian Naval Ship (INS) Shardul carried 600 tonnes of rice, as per directives of Indian Government. In the month of January this year, the Indian Navy launched ‘Operation Vanilla’ in support of the national disaster in Madagascar, to provide humanitarian assistance ..

Government reconstitutes National Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction

The government has recently reconstituted the ‘National Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (NPDRR)’ with Union Home Minister Amit Shah as its chairperson. NPDRR’s vice-chairpersons include the minister of state in-charge of disaster management in the Home Ministry and the vice-chairman of the National Disaster Management Authority. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharama, ..

ARCI develops Polymer Electrolyte Membrane fuel cells to be used in disaster management

An autonomous R&D Centre of Department of Science and Technology (DST) – International Advanced Research for Powder Metallurgy & New Materials (ARCI), Hyderabad has developed ‘Polymer Electrolyte Membrane fuel cells (PEMFC), which are to be used in natural disaster management. ARCI is also planning to set up an in-house PEMFC system up to 10 kW ..

9th edition of SAMPRITI held in Meghalaya

The 9th edition of the Joint exercise between the armies of India and Bangladesh, SAMPRITI recently concluded at Umroi, Meghalaya. The two-week exercise was held from February 3 to 16, 2020. The personnel of the two countries shared their experiences on counter-insurgency, counter-terrorism operations and disaster management techniques. The exercise helped to strengthen ties between ..

2nd BIMSTEC Disaster Management Exercise, 2020 held in Odisha

The 2nd Seven-nation BIMSTEC Disaster Management Exercise, 2020 was recently inaugurated at Bhubaneswar, the capital city of Odisha by its Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik. The Exercise is hosted by the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) as the nodal agency. The theme of the exercise is- “Response to a cultural heritage site that suffers severe damage in an earthquake” ..

2019 edition of International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction (IDDR)

The International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction  (IDDR) is observed every year on 13th of October to promote a global culture of risk-awareness and disaster reduction. The 2019 theme “Reduce disaster damage to critical infrastructure and disruption of basic services” is based on Target (d) of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030: ‘Substantially ..