Research to minimise natural disasters urged
VICE-CHANCELLOR of Chhatrapati Sahuji Maharaj University (CSJMU) Dr SS Katiyar called upon civil engineers and environmental scientists for taking up serious research to minimize effects of natural disasters on nation, lives and property.india Updated: Jan 22, 2006 00:57 IST
VICE-CHANCELLOR of Chhatrapati Sahuji Maharaj University (CSJMU) Dr SS Katiyar called upon civil engineers and environmental scientists for taking up serious research to minimize effects of natural disasters on nation, lives and property.
Delivering the inaugural address at the seminar on “Natural Disaster Management in India” at the DAV Degree College here on Saturday, Dr Katiyar said it was a hard fact that human beings could not stop the onslaught of natural disaster but definitely they could mitigate the sufferings of the people. He said since human beings were in many ways responsible for increase in natural disasters, they should now plan out the ways to reduce their effect.
He said of the 32 Indian states, 22 were highly disaster prone. Besides, 28 per cent of the total land was barren, one third of the land faced threat of drought and the rest was earthquake prone. People living amidst such geographical phenomenon have to be more careful and responsible for their own security against natural disasters.
He said so far there was no plan at the State or central level to meet drought situations. Every year people, particularly children and women, suffered heavy losses due to drought. He said several natural disasters struck the nation as there was no exigency plan. He suggested preparation of a disaster management document for governments.
Professor JC Sharma of the Himachal University said despite the fact that various areas all over the globe were prone to natural calamities, no definite action plan was mooted at any level to reduce the losses caused by these disasters. At many places, non-implementation of post-disaster management plans led to heavy loss of lives and property.
Dr Sharma said, “Earthquake, tsunami, landslides, heavy rains cannot be tackled through preventive plans. Plans can reduce their effects and arrange early rehabilitation of the affected people.