Disaster Management

Chennai Oil Spill

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 tankers, pipelines, refineries, drilling rigs, barges etc.  They […]


National Disaster Management Plan (NDMP)

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, livelihoods and assets, by maximizing the ability to […]

Disaster Management: Forest Fires – Vulnerability, Preparedness and Mitigation

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 that lower mountain ranges in Himalaya are more […]

Forest Fires in India: Extent, Reasons and Impacts

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 vegetation ranges from tropical evergreen forests {Western Ghats […]

Chennai Floods 2015

In November and December 2015, the annual North-East monsoon generated heavy rainfall in south India causing floods along the Coromandel Coast in Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Pondicherry. Chennai and surrounding area were hardly hit by these floods. These floods caused displacement of around 18 Lakh people and claimed lives of around 500. The El-Nino […]