Monday, July 28, 2008

A study in contrasts...

Placed above on the right is the website of Orissa State Disaster Mitigation Authority (OSDMA). Orissa is a state which is one of the most disaster prone in the country as such the OSDMA has evolved as a body which believes in proactively tackling disasters thru prevention and mitigation. What I found remarkable was that even though landslides are not THE major hazard in Orissa, there is a link on the website which gives a lot of information on landslides.
For any one even remotely interested in Disaster Management I strongly recommend having a look at the website here :-

Placed above on the left is the website of the Disaster Management Dept, Govt of West Bengal. It exemplifies the attitude of the State Disaster Management Authority which I have experienced first hand..they STILL believe only in post-disaster "RELIEF".
Also, even though Darjeeling district which lies within W. Bengal is as per the Geological Survey of India (GSI -the nodal body looking after landslides in the country), amongst the most landslide prone areas in India, there is just a mention of landslides in the introduction... thereafter "landslides" as a natural disaster apparently does not exist for the Department of Disaster Management, Govt of West Bengal.
If you haven't visited the website (
, dont bother.
You haven't missed much!

praful rao

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