GIS-based disaster management plans for 5 MP districts in the offing

  • Neeraj Santoshi, Hindustan Times, Bhopal
  • Updated: May 14, 2015 16:36 IST

The Disaster Management Institute (DMI) has been asked to prepare a detailed geographical information system (GIS) based disaster management plans, the first of its kind in Madhya Pradesh, an official said on Wednesday.

The Bhopal-based DMI, one of the oldest disaster management institutes in the country was set up in 1987 in the backdrop of world’s worst ever industrial disaster, has been asked to prepare plans for five districts in Madhya Pradesh by the state disaster management authority, said director DMI Rakesh Dubey.

He said five districts for which the plans are being prepared include Jabalpur, Dhar, Satna, Ujjain and Hoshangabad.

“…These plans will take care of the micro details on many GIS layers. Policy makers and authorities dealing with disaster preparedness will greatly benefit from the bird’s eye view on many aspects. The plans will look into area specific vulnerability of the districts with regard to various kinds of disasters,” Dubey told Hindustan Times.

“The plans will complement the work and preparedness of the State Disaster and Emergency Response Force (SDERF). The SDERF comprises of homeguard personnel who are being trained by the DMI in disaster management and rescue operations for the last two years.”

Dubey further said that the state’s disaster management policy emphasises the fact that “each disaster has a different character and therefore requires a different plan of action for prevention and mitigation”. “In response to this, the government has decided to formulate a policy that addresses various aspects of disaster management in a systematic and sustained manner,” he added.

Contrary to the perception that land locked Madhya Pradesh is safe, available data shows that the state is vulnerable to disasters like floods, earthquakes, hailstorms, draughts, fires, industrial and chemical catastrophes, and landslides.

There are 28 districts in MP that come under seismic zone III, 32 districts are vulnerable to floods and over half a dozen districts are prone to droughts.

Catering to local needs

Detailed disaster management plans that are tailored to local needs would enable the relevant authorities and the community to respond systematically and effectively to disasters

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