‘Time to rope in citizens to combat natural calamities’

Experts at the Indian Science Congress (ISC) stressed on involving citizens to combat calamities.

| Mumbai | Published: January 7, 2015 1:55 am

With an increase in the number of natural disasters in the country, experts at the Indian Science Congress (ISC) stressed on involving citizens and training them to combat calamities for effective management.

“In the recent Malin landslide, there were early symptoms of a landslide when people saw cracks develop on walls. These signs were ignored and people were not moved to safer places,” said Dr S S Thigale, former head, geology department of University of Pune. Thigale emphasised on educating stakeholders and constant training for citizens. “By stakeholders I mean all policy makers, government agencies, NGOs, communities and especially teachers, who can in-turn educate children in schools and colleges,” Thigale added.

The session on ‘disaster management’ at the Kalina campus saw eminent speakers like O P Singh, director general, National Disaster Response Force (NDRF); Dr N P Kurien from the National Centre for Earth Science Studies, Thiruvananthapuram; and V Subramanyan, former professor of geology from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay (IIT-B), among others, share their views.

“The country has witnessed extreme weather conditions in the last decade. Apart from a good warning and good response system, we should try and make people more conscious and equipped to combat these emergencies,” said Shailesh Nayak, Secretary, Ministry of Earth Science.

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